Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead
On Sale: April 26, 2015
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At 14 years old, Christian Picciolini, a bright and well-
loved child from a good family, had been targeted and
trained to spread a violent racist agenda, quickly
ascending to a highly visible leadership position in
America's first neo-Nazi skinhead gang. Just how did this
young boy from the suburbs of Chicago, who had so much
going for him, become so lost in extremist ideologies
would horrify any decent person?
'Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead' is a
poignant and gripping cautionary tale that details
Christian's indoctrination when he was barely a teen, a
lonely outsider who, more than anything, just wanted to
belong. A fateful meeting with a charismatic man who
recognized and took advantage of Christian's deep need
connection sent the next decade of his life into a
dangerous spiral. When his mentor went to prison for a
vicious hate crime, Christian stepped forward, and at 18,
he was overseeing the most brutal extremist skinhead
across the country. From fierce street brawls to drunken
white power rallies, recruitment by foreign terrorist
dictators to riotous white power rock music, Picciolini
immersed himself in racist skinhead culture, hateful
propaganda, and violence.
Ultimately Christian began to see that his hate-filled
was built on lies. After years of battling the monster he
created, he was able to reinvent himself. Picciolini went
on to become an advocate for peace, inclusion, and racial
diversity, co-founding the nonprofit Life After Hate,
helps people disengage from hate groups and to love
themselves and accept others, regardless of skin color,
religious belief, or sexual preference.
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