Dreams of a Bigot's Revolution

Heavily armed fringe groups act out a violent fantasy

The novel The Turner Diaries is an action thriller: a hardy band of U.S. patriots turns to guerrilla warfare to overthrow a tyrannical government. But the book is actually a bigot's fantasy. The guerrilla fighters are neo-Nazis who finance their revolution through bank robberies and counterfeiting, blow up the FBI building in Washington, D.C., murder American Jews, blacks and Hispanics, and use nuclear bombs to annihilate Israel.

Written under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald in 1978 by William Pierce, leader of a white supremacist group in Arlington, Va., The Turner Diaries was taken seriously by one militant group in the Northwest. Federal...

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