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Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists

Julia Ebner

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Bloomsbury
01 March 2020
Society & Social Sciences; Politics & government; Geopolitics; Terrorist attack; Impact of science & technology on society
'A scintillating journey into a secret world that is impacting our everyday lives in ways we are only just starting to grasp' Peter Pomerantsev 'Humanising, engrossing and alarming. Going Dark is not just an overdue, almost exhaustive journey of research into the lives of extremists, it is a public service' Nesrine Malik *A Guardian and New Scientist Pick for 2020* By day, Julia Ebner works at a counter-extremism think tank, monitoring radical groups from the outside. But two years ago, she began to feel she was only seeing half the picture; she needed to get inside the groups to truly understand them. She decided to go undercover in her spare hours - late nights, holidays, weekends - adopting five different identities, and joining a dozen extremist groups from across the ideological spectrum.

Her journey would take her from a Generation Identity global strategy meeting in a pub in Mayfair, to a Neo-Nazi Music Festival on the border of Germany and Poland. She would get relationship advice from 'Trad Wives' and Jihadi Brides and hacking lessons from ISIS. She was in the channels when the alt-right began planning the lethal Charlottesville rally, and spent time in the networks that would radicalise the Christchurch terrorist.

In Going Dark, Ebner takes the reader on a deeply compulsive journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking, exposing how closely we are surrounded by their fanatical ideology every day, the changing nature and practice of these groups, and what is being done to counter them.
By:   Julia Ebner
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   392g
ISBN:   9781526616777
ISBN 10:   1526616777
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Julia Ebner is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, where she leads projects on online extremism, disinformation and hate speech. She has given evidence to numerous governments and parliamentary working groups, and has acted as a consultant for the UN, NATO, and the World Bank. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Independent, Prospect and Newsweek, among many other publications, and she was a key contributor to a documentary for ITV on militant responses to Brexit, and a Radio 4 piece on women in the far right. Her first book, The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism, was a Spiegel bestseller, shortlisted for the NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis and won the 2018 Bruno Kreisky award. She lives in London. @julie_renbe

Reviews for Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists

Going Dark makes for terrifying reading, but it's all the more essential for that, exposing just how closely we're surrounded by fanatical ideology every day of our lives, and how that ideology is being countered * Stylist * Julia Ebner has not only teased out and explained the common denominator in extremist movements, she has done so in a way that is humanising, engrossing and alarming. Going Dark is not just an overdue, almost exhaustive journey of research into the lives of extremists, it is a public service -- Nesrine Malik


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