A Hundred Little Hitlers
The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America
On November 12, 1988, a group of Portland, Oregon, skinheads known as East Side White Pride encountered three Ethiopians in a street fight, resulting in the brutal death of Mulugeta Seraw.
For award-winning journalist Elinor Langer, the Seraw case is the launchpad for a thorough investigation of the Nazi-inspired racist movement in the United States. She vividly reconstructs the world of the skinheads: their origins in the punk scene, their basement shrines to Nazi power, their moments of glory on Oprah and Geraldo. She examines the long-standing radical groups that encouraged the movement, tracking the progress of such powerful figures as White Aryan Resistance leader Tom Metzger through key bastions of the Far Right. In gripping detail, she follows civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees's efforts to prove Metzger responsible for the Portland killing-a sensational campaign to curb the growth of neo-Nazism.
Compelling, disturbing, and important, A Hundred Little Hitlers is both an epic account of racism and justice and a close examination of social forces that loom ever more dangerously today.
Oregon Book Award - Finalist
Praise for A Hundred Little Hitlers
“Elinor Langer is one of our most eloquent and astute social critics. Telling this troubling story of murder and racism in an American town, she compels us to think beyond that, to wonder about the future of justice in our country.” —Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
“Haunting...a book that looks deep below the surface to reveal confounding information from many sides...a riveting work that avoids easy answers in its examination of the forces of hate, the aftermath of violence, and the imposition of justice.” —John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Utterly well-written, utterly fascinating...an absolutely top-drawer exploration of racist politics and its strange players, who remain legion.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“There are works of journalism so intelligent, scrupulous, thorough, and deep that they outlive their occasions and instantly rise to the level of classics. Elinor Langer's A Hundred Little Hitlers is [in] this very rare company. This is not the investigation of a murder: it is an investigation of a society.” —Todd Gitlin, author of Media Unlimited