Willis Carto and the American Far Right

George Michael

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"An important book that casts much needed light on one of the most significant and previously elusive figures of the contemporary American far right. It will be of great interest to historians, political scientists, and sociologists alike."--Darren Mulloy,
Wilfrid Laurier University

"A wide-ranging and well-informed study of a major figure on the American far right."--Martin Durham, University of Wolverhampton

Willis Carto (b. 1926) is arguably the most important radical conservative in postwar America. Best known as the founder of the infamous Liberty Lobby, he has shaped the far right's position on such issues as immigration, globalization, multiculturalism, Holocaust denial, and the conflict in the Middle East.

Granted remarkable personal access to the notoriously reclusive Carto, George Michael has written a fascinating biography. Throughout his long political career, Carto has sought to unite the various movements that make up the far right. Toward that end, he has reached out to individuals from both the fringe and the mainstream.

Michael provides an account of the various publishing and organizational ventures in which Carto has been involved, including the Institute for Historical Review, The Spotlight, Youth for Wallace, the Populist Party, American Free Press, and the political career of David Duke. The result is a captivating portrait of this dedicated, frightening, and controversial man.

George Michael is assistant professor of political science at the University of Virginia's college at Wise.

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"For anyone interested in understanding this political figure and ideological genre, [this book] is essential reading."
--Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation

"This richly informed and perceptive study enables us to understand not only Carto's career but that of the movement in which he has played so central and crucial a role."
--Terrorism and Political Violence

"A valuable addition to the historiography of the American far right."
--Southern Historian

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