From a onetime white-supremacist chief now operating to disengage folks from extremist actions, Breaking Hate is a “riveting” (James Clapper), “groundbreaking” (Malcolm Nance), “frightening [but] hopeful” (S.E. Cupp) exploration of find out how to heal a country reeling from hate and violence.
Today’s extremist violence surges into our lives from what turns out like each and every course — automobiles hurtling down town sidewalks; cyber-threats levied in opposition to political leaders and subsidized up with violence; automated guns unleashed on mall customers, scholars, and the devoted in properties of worship. As numerous because the violent acts are the attackers themselves — neo-Nazis, white nationalists, the alt-proper, InCels, and Islamist jihadists, to call only a few. In an international the place hate has united groups that visitors in radical doctrines and rationalize their use of violence to rally the disaffected, the concern of shedding a friend to extremism or falling sufferer to terrorism has turn out to be virtually common.
Told with startling honesty and intimacy, Breaking Hate is each the interior tale of ways extremists trap the unwitting to their reasons and a information for the way on a regular basis American citizens can win them-and our civil democracy-again. Former extremist Christian Picciolini unravels this sobering narrative from the frontlines, the place he has labored for 20 years as a peace recommend and “hate breaker.” He attracts from the firsthand reviews of extremists he has helped to disengage, revealing how violent actions goal the prone and make the most their very important human needs, and the way the suitable interventions can store lives.
Along the way in which, Picciolini solves the puzzle of why extremism has come to outline our technology, laying naked the tactics wherein brand new society-from “faux information” and social media propaganda to coded language and a White Space that inflames relatively than heals-has polarized and radicalized a whole era.
Piercing, empathetic, and unrestrained, Breaking Hate tells the sweeping tale of the problem of our time and gives a roadmap to overcoming it.