The dark story of the shocking resurgence of white supremacist and nationalist groups, and their path to political power
Six years ago, Vegas Tenold embedded himself among the members of three of America's most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups-the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. At the time, these groups were part of a disorganized counterculture that felt far from the mainstream.
But since then, all that has changed. Racially-motivated violence has been on open display at rallies in Charlottesville, Berkeley, Pikesville, Phoenix, and Boston. Membership in white nationalist organizations is rising, and national politicians, including the president, are validating their perceived grievances.
Everything You Love Will Burn offers a terrifying, sobering inside look at these newly empowered movements, from their conventions to backroom meetings with Republican operatives. Tenold introduces us to neo-Nazis in Brooklyn; a millennial Klanswoman in Tennessee; and a rising star in the movement, nicknamed the "Little FÃ¼ by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who understands political power and is organizing a grand coalition of far-right groups to bring them into the mainstream.
Everything You Love Will Burn takes readers to the dark, paranoid underbelly of America, a world in which the white race is under threat and the enemy is everywhere.
About the Author
Vegas Tenold is an award-winning journalist. He has covered the far right in America for years, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, his work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Al Jazeera America. He was born and raised in Norway, and lives in Brooklyn.
"A penetrating portrait of the men and women who are trying to instill fear and terror in our community. Vegas Tenold has done a great service by exposing their toxic ideologies in this must-read book."—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning
"Vegas Tenold has produced a timely, eye-popping account of the edgy and often violent world of White Nationalists. He's been crisscrossing the country going back six years-on the ground and in the trenches, from New Jersey to Tennessee, Maryland, Indiana and elsewhere-taking copious notes about supremacists in all their chaotic varieties. It's meant hanging with neo-Nazis, skinheads, Hammerskins and Klansmen-at his own peril. It's meant attending fiery cross-burnings and white-members only caucuses at roadside motels or backyard barbecues. He's interviewed crude-cussing, weapon-toting racists alongside articulate radical-right leaders claiming to simply be pro-white, not anti-black. Then came Donald Trump's election as president, when their collective chant became, 'This Is Our Time.' But is it? Tenold was there for all of it -- and for anyone wanting to untangle this dark, unruly sliver of Trump's web, Everything You Love Will Burn is a must read."—Dick Lehr, author of Black Mass and The Birth of aMovement
"Ever since Tocqueville, some of the keenest observers of
American society have been foreigners, able to see what locals might take for
granted. In this book, Vegas Tenold takes us inside the varied world of the
extreme right. He gets us so close that we can see every pore of paranoia,
every follicle of delusion, every unhinged ligament of logic-thus rendering
them both more human and more terrifying at the same moment."—Michael Kimmel, author of Angry WhiteMen
"Vegas Tenold's work is the best sort of journalism: immersive, insightful, and beautifully written. An indispensable guide for anyone who wants to understand what makes the far-right tick, why it's galvanized now, and where it's likely to be heading."—Jamie Bartlett, author of The Dark Net and Radicals Chasing Utopia
"Vegas Tenold has gone far beyond the comfort zone of most reporters to document the rise of America's radical right in the Trump era. His bone-chilling account of the white nationalist movement-based on extensive interviews with its leaders and chief ideologues-shows in painstaking detail how ideas that were once off limits have seeped into mainstream politics."—Sasha Polakow-Suransky, author of Go Back to Where You Came From
"In this in-depth look at the growth of white nationalism, journalist
Tenold presents a comprehensive portrait of supporters' beliefs, worldviews,
and aspirations....A perceptive, if terrifying, look at the philosophies that
persist throughout the United States, including an examination of their roots,
and how they contribute to the viciously held beliefs of white nationalists."—Library Journal
"Everything You Love Will Burn provides helpful insights into this small but noisy element of the political landscape....[Tenold] provides an insider account of these organizations, helping readers understand their motivations and strategies.... Everything You Love Will Burn is a fascinating, disturbing book. Tenold tells an important story well....We should not ignore the extreme right, and Tenold's book provides welcome understanding."—Washington Post
thoroughly reported look at newly empowered white-nationalist groups across the
country, from Brooklyn to Tennessee, in a year that has seen racially motivated
violence and demonstrations take center stage."—New York Post
"[Everything You Love Will Burn] is on-the-ground reporting about a new American reality. It is full of violence and hatred, and ultimately quite frightening to read."—The Progressive