Arie Perliger is professor and director of the graduate program in security studies at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His many publications on political violence include Jewish Terrorism in Israel (Columbia, 2009).
This arresting book explores the backgrounds of right-wing activists who have terrorized America's heartland from Oak Creek, Wisconsin to El Paso, Texas in recent decades. Far from being lone wolves, this revealing study shows that a vast community of hatred stands behind them. It descends into America's underground cultures of violence and helps the reader understand the motivations and organizations of what has become America's number one terrorist threat. It is essential reading for anyone concerned about the widening chasms of political extremism in the United States. -- Mark Juergensmeyer, author of <i>Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence</i> At a time when both DHS and the FBI have underlined the threat posed from the radical right, Arie Perliger's American Zealots is a comprehensive and comparative study of right-wing terrorism that sheds light on how the movement emerged, grew within the US military, and our society to become the center of current domestic political debates. Using original data that he collected, the book is anchored in rigorous empirical evidence to explain how we got here and identify the path forward. -- Mia Bloom, author of <i>Small Arms: Children and Terrorism</i> With unparalleled expertise, Arie Perliger makes sense of the complicated and contentious reality of domestic right-wing terrorism. His explanation of the complexities, deep historical roots, and ideological diversity of the threat is clear and dispassionate. His conclusions are all the more important in being bluntly realistic: there is unlikely to be a decline in right-wing violence unless we devise a wide-ranging public policy response. -- Martha Crenshaw, Stanford University American Zealots is an immensely timely and important publication. Written by one of this country's foremost authorities on far-right extremist violence, it provides a comprehensive analysis of this movement's evolution and trajectory and its implications for American society and politics. -- Bruce Hoffman, author of <i>Inside Terrorism</i>