Part of Kramers State of the Union Series.
Presented in conversation with Sarah Posner
The sudden prominence in America of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “Alt-Right” figures mystifies many. But the extreme Right has been growing steadily in number and influence in the United States since the 1990s. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh inspiration; and in virulent reaction to the first black president, militant racists came out of the woodwork. Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, an alternative America — bigoted and ready to court violence — has taken shape under the noses of the political establishment.
Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades. In Alt America, he provides a deeply researched and authoritative report on the growth of far-right movements across the country. Including an in-depth investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to the Far Right, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing aspects of American society.
David Neiwert is a journalist and author and an acknowledged expert in American right-wing extremism. He has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Newsroom, and The Rachel Maddow Show. His work has also appeared in the American Prospect, the Washington Post, MSNBC, Salon, and other publications. His previous books include The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese-American Community, as well as And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, which won the 2014 International Latino Book Award.
Sarah Posner is an investigative journalist, author, and expert on the intersection of religion and politics. Her reporting and analysis on the religious right in Republican politics has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The Nation, Mother Jones, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American Prospect, Talking Points Memo, and many other publications. She is the author of God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.