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About the Author
TALIA LAVIN is a writer who has had bylines in the New Yorker, the New Republic, the New York Times Review of Books, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, and more.
*** A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Editor's Choice/Staff Pick *** TIME MAGAZINE, "100 Must-Read Books of 2020" ***
Kirkus, "Best of 2020 (Nonfiction)"
NY TIMES, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week"
USA TODAY, "20 new books to read this fall" and "5 books not to miss!"
Bitch Media, "11 Books Feminists Should Read in October"
ColorLines, "30 Books to Get You Through Fall"
Hey Alma, "Alma's Favorite Books for Fall 2020"
Lit Hub, "The Lit Hub 2020 Fall Preview"
Jewish Journal, "25 Inspiring Books Worth Adding to Your Covid 19 Summer Reading List"
Ms. Magazine, "Book Recommendations"
Kobo, "Top Nonfiction Titles of 2020"
“One of the marvels of this furious book is how insolent and funny Lavin is; she refuses to soft-pedal the monstrous views she encounters.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Lavin is an entertaining Virgil for this neo-Nazi hell...She forges engaging narrative paths through the distant and near history of the alt-right.”
—Carolyn Kellogg for The New York Times
"...Culture Warlords should be at the top of your reading list."
"Wide-ranging, angry, and sadly relevant.”
—The Boston Globe
"[In this book, Lavin] unmask[s] white supremacists in public, denying them respectability and anonymity.”
—The New Republic
"An incredibly effective alarm about the dangers — both moral and physical — white supremacy."
"Lavin takes investigative journalism to the next level... This is a heavy read, but an important one."
"[A] skillful memoir... [with] highly useful insights... Righteous indignation meets techie magic to shine light on one of America's
most malignant warts."
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"In Culture Warlords, Talia Lavin capably leads readers through chilly tunnels of loathing, burrowing deep into dens of violent racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny. She describes communities of hate and how they're growing with precision, seriousness, and humor. Even as she takes on multiple identities, readers will find in her a steady and often lyrical guide: transparent about her fears, fury, and ever-changing sense of self. Culture Warlords is surely brutal and urgent; it is also unexpectedly delicate."
—REBECCA TRAISTER, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies and Good and Mad
"Talia Lavin's Culture Warlords
is a necessary and urgent read that could not have come at a much better time. You will be astounded at the depths to which Lavin sinks to expose how far and wide white supremacy spreads across both real-life meetings and internet communities. Thoroughly researched and engaging, this debut demonstrates the work of a fearless reporter."—MORGAN JERKINS, NewYork Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing and Wandering in Strange Lands
"As someone who has gone undercover and waded through the dark trenches of white supremacy, I know firsthand how jarring it can be to find yourself in the belly of the beast-and the courage it takes to dig your way to the other side. Culture Warlords is a searingly original and breathtaking feat of fearless journalism, and it is required reading for anyone who seeks to understand the nefarious context for the world we live in today."
—RON STALLWORTH, New York Times bestselling author of Black Klansman
"Culture Warlords is a shock to the system-an urgent, incendiary work that takes us into the most hate-filled corners of American culture. Having immersed herself, Gonzo-style, in a toxic online world where white supremacy is the norm, Talia Lavin shows us the fun-house mirror reflection of American culture. Lavin writes like her hands are on fire, forcing us to take a hard look at our nation's ugliest truths."
—PAMELA COLLOFF, New York Times Magazine and ProPublica
“A passionate book, and all the better for it since by immersing her readers in the unreality of the white-nationalist and far-right universe, most of us are jolted into both an intellectual and a visceral understanding of what we're up against.”
“Required reading for everyone who talks about whether and how to regulate the internet.”
“Equal parts gonzo journalism and sociological study of the rise of the modern alt-right, the book is a disturbing but compelling portrait of contemporary hatred and the people who perpetrate it, all told in Ms. Lavin’s deeply confident, emotionally wrenching prose. It’s the rare book that simultaneously offers a vital big-picture overview of a social phenomenon and also makes you care deeply about the author as a character in her own right.” (From the WHO READ WHAT feature)
—Tara Isabella Burton, author, most recently of Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World
, Wall Street Journal