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White American Youth

My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement - and How I Got Out
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A stunning look inside the world of violent hate groups by a onetime white supremacist leader who, shaken by a personal tragedy, realized the error of his ways and abandoned his destructive life to become an anti-hate activist.

As he stumbled through high school, struggling to find a community among other fans of punk rock music, Christian Picciolini was recruited by a now notorious white power skinhead leader and encouraged to fight with the movement to "protect the white race from extinction." Soon, he had become an expert in racist philosophies, a terror who roamed the neighborhood, quick to throw fists. When his mentor was arrested and sentenced to 11 years in prison, 16-year-old Picciolini took over the man's role as the leader of an infamous neo-Nazi skinhead group.

Seduced by the power he accrued through intimidation, and swept up in the rhetoric he had adopted, Picciolini worked to grow an army of extremists. He used music as a recruitment tool, launching his own propaganda band that performed at white power rallies around the world. But slowly, as he started a family of his own and a job that for the first time brought him face to face with people from all walks of life, he began to recognize the cracks in his hateful ideology. Then a shocking loss at the hands of racial violence changed his life forever, and Picciolini realized too late the full extent of the harm he'd caused.

Raw, inspiring, and heartbreakingly candid, White American Youth tells the fascinating story of how so many young people lose themselves in a culture of hatred and violence and how the criminal networks they forge terrorize and divide our nation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Christian Picciolini (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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" White American Youth takes the reader into the depths of the hate movement and sheds a valuable light on the mindset of those who can be lured into this dark world. Christian's astonishing change of heart is a testament to our endless capacity for personal transformation." (Lonnie Nasatir, regional director, Anti-Defamation League)
"Christian's journey exemplifies how hate and violence are unsustainable, and tolerance, forgiveness, and love are the only ways forward. If Christian can change, there is hope for all humankind - a compelling and extraordinary story." (Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival)

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Good message

The message is good. But far too much of this is just him talking about fights he in.

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  • andrew dolski
  • 19-01-18

Can I give this a 10?

Well written, raw, and real. Congrats Christian for overcoming the hate that is so deeply rooted in so many.

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  • Pen Name
  • 29-12-17

A book truly needed in this time

What this book says if what everyone needs to hear. What Christian says of his life story offers lessons literally everyone can learn from and hopefully take to heart in order to make this place better and happier. Amazing work!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-18

Could not put it down.

Enlightening and undeniably real. Italian-American until he's accepted in to whiteness, this speaks volumes about the culture.

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  • Benjamin
  • 12-04-18

good stuff

Great book , I recommend to everyone. Though heartbreaking at times and horrifying at others I think it gives hope.

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  • colin
  • 09-04-18

Important but hard

I think this is a really important story for everyone to hear! And it’s told really well but it hurts it really, really hurts to hear

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  • philliesrule54
  • 02-04-18

Moving memoir.

This was an honest & fantastic read. It is read by the author, which I appreciate. The insecurity behind the violence & hate has a profound & moving truth embedded in the prose.

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  • Megan
  • 31-03-18

An important and intriguing listen.

At times, hearing this mans (and out culture’s) history was painful and diffuse to listen to. It is an important book, and I am grateful he had the courage and ability to write such an important book. I recommend this full heartedly.

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  • TZaal
  • 22-01-18

excellent read

I prefer the earlier version of this book. Still a good read. recommended reading.

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  • Frank
  • 20-09-19

Quit Lying about Sam Harris

Admit it. You said some things that turned out to be untrue while recording with Sam. Perhaps you didn't know they were untrue, but when asked for evidence, you doubled down. Sam had no choice but to edit out the unverifiable statements, if for no other reason than to avoid being sued for libel. Now, you're telling people he's racist?

I admire your work a great deal, but I think you owe Sam an apology for telling people he's racist. He's absolutely not racist. He seeks truth, and hates liars, as evidenced by his book Lying. Tell the truth. Admit that you made a mistake by saying unverifiable things, and another mistake when you lied about his character.

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  • 15-08-19

An Honest Biography About Hatred & Overcoming It.

I'm a big fan of this book. In so many areas of society, we see the trend described within. Christian does a great job of explaining how people end up in the white power movement in a way that further digging reflects similar phenomenon in other gangs & hate groups. Ultimately, people do not end up in these situations due to long standing ideology. Rather, people always search for belonging and purpose, and when they get lost in the shuffle and fail to find their place in society, their resentments often manifest or are exploited in dark and dangerous ways.

Christian's message of showing empathy and love to the people that deserve it the least is one of the most important lessons people can learn in the divisive times we live. I hope he continues to write and help the people that are still lost.