George Lincoln Rockwell flew U.S. Navy fighters against the Germans and Japanese during World War II yet after the war he founded the American Nazi Party. On 25th August 1967 he was assassinated. This is the first time the details of Rockwell's bizarre, hate-filled life have been told. Author William H. Schmaltz brings us in on Nazi planning and strategy sessions, and dangerous personnel conflicts among the stormtroopers. We learn of the strange relationship between Rockwell;s Nazis and the Black Muslims of Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, and the rationale behind Rockwell's repeated attacks on Martin Luther King Jr. Today, more than thirty years after his assassination, Rockwell;s poisonous legacy continues to spread among America;s radical Right, including the white separatist militias, the skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan, and those who deny the Holocaust.
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"William Schmaltz is a native of St. Paul and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with his wife and three children."Review:
"Critically important...students of political extremism in the United States are more than well served by Schmaltz's chronicle." --Library Journal
I found this an excellant book, easy to read, unbiased, and in laymans terms as opposed to one of these intellectual books no-one can understand or follow. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the early days of the far right movements as it ties in nicely with other books I have read which were further on in time but had influences from this time. The first three chapters take you thru his early life, and then chapter four onwards takes you thru each year of his political carear, with a summary at the end of each chapter which is usefull for tieing things together. A good biography of a great man who is still held in high regard whithin right wing politics. --James Wood "jimwood43" (SCOTLAND)
I waited until Simonelli's competing book came out before making this review. Schmaltz's book is much better, bigger, more interesting, and, although Schmaltz is no Rockwell fan, more balanced. This is relatively unbiased biography of Rockwell's fearless attempts to gain power, exploits to gain publicity, stormtroopers, lieutenants, management difficulties, assassination, and the methods his enemies used against him. This book takes you inside the American Nazi Party HQ with details on the inside power struggles and the abject poverty in which Rockwell and his followers lived. It also provides many interesting stories of the confrontations of with the police, hostile crowds, and college audiences. Also of interest is the illegal methods the FBI used against Rockwell and the attempts of the Jewish groups to keep the news media from reporting about Rockwell. This fascinating book is one you'll finish. Its only weak spot is that it doesn't tell why Rockwell believed what he did. Schmaltz apparently left that for Rockwell to tell in his own book "White Power," which is still available. --David Kirk
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