My Idiosyncratic Guide to Books on Postwar Fascism

I’m a little puzzled myself at how many books on post-war fascism I’ve read. What’s the allure? Perhaps its a fear that these ideas, which never went away, would one day resurface into the mainstream? Perhaps its trying to grapple with how anyone can be filled with this kind of hate and paranoia?  However you view it, I thought it’d be worth while to collect reviews I have written on various books on the post-war fascism / Neo-Nazism.

Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International, Kevin Coogan — A biography of Yockey, a leading post war anti-semite and fascists, and a capsule history of post-war esoteric fascism

Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret International History of the Twentieth Century, Mark Sedwick — An academic history of the “tradionalist” religious movement, of which many of the more esoteric fascists of the post-war era have been enamored.

 Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity, Nicholas Clark — An overview of the major currents in post-war “esoteric nazism” i.e. the most out there crazy of the bigots.

Blood In The Face: Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the Rise of New White Culture, James Ridgeway — Good overview of the history of neo-nazi movement and other hate groups in the United States circa the 1990s.

Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right Angel Nagle — Excellent look at the rise of the online “Alt-right”

Militias in America 1995: A Reading and Resources, Institute for Alternative Journalism — A collection of journalism written in the aftermath of the Oklahoma city bombing and the rise of the Militia movement.

Soundtracks to the White Revolution : White Supremacist Assaults on Youth Music Subcultures Devin Burghart, editor A brief overview of the white power / neo-nazi movements infiltration of various underground music scenes.

The Silent Brotherhood: The Chilling Inside Story of America’s Violent, Anti-Government Militia Movement, Kevin Flynn and Gary Gerhardt Story of White power criminal gang “the Order” who were responsible for a string of bank robberies and the death of liberal radio personality Alan Berg.


Adolf Hitler, Magic Yoga Spaceman — My friend V. Charm’s review of Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke. Charm is a much better writer than me, you’ll enjoy this.

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  1. Stas

    I keep wanting to read Ciano’s diaries. Do you know them?

    1. seanv2

      No, I hadn’t heard of them till I just googled. Looks very interesting! Any other readings in this area I should pursue?

      1. Stas

        Maybe, some Curzio Malaparte? I only dabbled, but his geo-context is unusual. On a different note, have you read any Elio Vittorini? I love Conversations in Sicily. I am turning this into an Italian thread, rather than a Fascist one. what about Bobbio? can’t figure him out, like with Carl Schmitt, ultras on either side use him, it seems. I know my Italian Communists and Jews a little better than all the fascistic element. Momigliano, Ginzburgs, Klibansky (who, strangely, edited Mussolini’s memoirs.). Carlo Michelstaedter – I keep meaning to read him. Oh, and then have you looked into the shadowy figure of Oscar Goldberg? Walter Benjamin was in his orbit in his young years. His occult martial arts version of Kabbala was some kind of an influence on Thomas Mann.

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    […] Julius Evola – We don’t know where or not Bannon has read, Evola, but we do know he’s familiar with his ideas. Evola was a no joke self-described fascist and one of the leading writers of post-war fascist thought. He was also (also bonkers sex magic practitioner. Evola is best known for Revolt Against the Modern World. I’m not going to link to his books because dude is actually really bad news, but here’s a page I put together of resources on post-war fascism and neo-Nazism. […]

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