Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

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Talia Lavin is every skinhead’s worst nightmare: a loud and unapologetic Jewish woman, acerbic, smart, and profoundly antiracist, with the investigative chops to expose the tactics and ideologies of online hatemongers. Culture Warlords is the story of how Lavin, a frequent target of extremist trolls (including those at Fox News), dove into a byzantine online culture of hate and learned the intricacies of how white supremacy proliferates online.

Within these pages, she reveals the extremists hiding in plain sight online: Incels. White nationalists. White supremacists. National Socialists. Proud Boys. Christian extremists. In order to showcase them in their natural habitat, Talia assumes a range of identities, going undercover as a blonde Nazi babe, a forlorn incel, and a violent Aryan femme fatale. Along the way, she discovers a whites-only dating site geared toward racists looking for love, a disturbing extremist YouTube channel run by a fourteen-year-old girl with over 800,000 followers, the everyday heroes of the antifascist movement, and much more.

By combining compelling stories chock-full of catfishing and gate-crashing with her own in-depth, gut-wrenching research, she also turns the lens of anti-Semitism, racism, and white power back on itself in an attempt to dismantle and decimate the online hate movement from within. Culture Warlords explores some of the vilest subcultures on the Web-and shows us how we can fight back.

Title:Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780306846434
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    Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy Reviews

  • Molly Rosen Marriner

    This book is...fine? I’m trying to figure out how to review it without disagreeing with the points it makes or its importance. I was all on board with Talia-as-narrator and the importance of a popul...

  • Rob

    This reads like when a smart and reasonably funny friend, who has spent way too much time on the internet, takes a couple of bong hits, and unloads for a long while about the ugly things they found th...

  • C. S.

    It's not so much that this is a quick read as that, once begun, I could no more put it down than I could stop playing a horror movie in the middle, just when the looming, overarching sense of dread de...

  • Ayesha

    I went into this hoping to understand the white supremacist psyche, the detailed steps to radicalization that the web accelerates, snd the means with which organized hate turns opinion into violence, ...

  • Trin

    I wish this book had been better edited! Who let this go to press so poorly organized that the same terms were defined over and over again, including an instance of "incel" (which had already been def...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestCULTURE WARLORD is a really intense and depressing work of journalism in which Talia Lavin, a Jewish reporter, goes undercover in the farthes...

  • Brian Griffith

    Like her Jewish ancestors in Nazi-occupied Ukraine, Levin feels (and literally is) targeted by racist hate-mongers – this time American racists. Her response is to use all her journalistic sleuth sk...

  • Mehrsa

    Yikes. I cannot imagine the fortitude of Lavin's stomach to be able to pretend to be one of these horrible people. There were some interesting tidbits in this book, but you might need to go watch Soun...

  • Dan

    Lavin’s writing crackles with energy and wit, and I’m very much in her corner politically. But this maddeningly repetitive and bafflingly unstructured book really, really, REALLY needed a good edi...

  • Amanda Hupe

    Thank you Hachette Books for the opportunity to read this book!“To make peace with white supremacy, to give it room, to tender it mercy, is to assert that protecting black and brown and Muslim and g...