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

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

A HARROWING JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF WHITE SUPREMACY

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. Shocking, humorous, and merciless in equal measure, 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

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ElphaReads

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book!This was a book that was terrifying and harrowing, and while I knew a fair amount about white supremacist movements online (as well as...

  • Crystal

    Sufferer of Trump derangement syndrome. Apparently there wasn’t enough information to write a book based solely on white supremacy so she had to expand the net to include four other groups. Blames f...

  • Gemma

    Quick, bold and somewhat terrifying! People who are Extremely Online might not be surprised by some of what thy read here (I think Gamergate left mental scars on us all), but Levin stares at the roili...

  • Alexis

    This was a complex read that often required me to put the book down and reflect on what I had just learned. This is, of course, the highest possible praise I can offer a non-fiction work that takes on...

  • Chelsea

    A VITAL book that everyone must read. Talia Lavin is an absolute superstar - both for her skill as a writer and for her fearlessness in gathering research for this book. I appreciate her skill for bre...

  • Ayesha Madan

    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, ...