A Book Review: “Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America” By Kathleen Belew

“The United States and its people had understood the wars of the first half of the century as shared projects”, says Kathleen Belew in her profound work on the white power movement. The Vietnam War, according to Belew ended this understanding. The failure of the Vietnam War, due to what was viewed as the treachery of the U.S. government during the war, and the anti-war sentiment of the people in the U.S. were some of the causes for the break. Belew in her 239 pages details how the break supported the already existent but small and uncoordinated movement and activists. The soldiers who fought, returned angry and wanted the war brought home, to overthrow the out-of-control state and replace it with an order that was not Zionist controlled (ZOG), not pro One World Government/New World Order, and was not pro-black. Kathleen Belew has done excellent research supporting this work (which she notes in 85 pages of back matter): e. g. a 1986 New York Times article reports missing weapons from government stores, the result of theft by some of the returned soldiers. Dr. Belew is a professor at the University of Chicago. I found her writing exceptional and enjoyed reading this chilling book. I particularly enjoyed that she devoted a chapter to the role of women in the white power movement, “Race War and White Women.”

I knew many of the details in “Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America,” having lived during the time that Belew writes about but reading this well-done work, gave me an additional understanding of why there was a Mother Immanuel 9, and January 6, 2022, which she discusses in the book.

Lana Jean Mitchell


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