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"Will meet with considerable interest from scholars and anyone concerned with the interface between race and religion in the U.S.A. A fascinating study by an authority on the American far right."--Martin Durham, author of White Rage: The Extreme Right and American Politics
"Provides valuable insights into the nature of the Creativity Movement and its impact on the far right in the United States and beyond."--Darren Mulloy, author of American Extremism
During the weekend of July 4, 1999, Benjamin "August" Smith went on a three-day rampage in Illinois and Indiana, attacking Asians, Orthodox Jews, and African Americans. He left two dead and nine wounded, and then committed suicide. As a former member--conveniently resigning the day before the shootings--of the World Church of the Creator (now officially known as the Creativity Movement), Smith was praised by the leader of the church as "Creator of the Year" for bringing attention to their existence and radical beliefs.
Smith's rampage was the first many Americans had heard of this small, previously obscure organization. In this fascinating and comprehensive history of the Creativity Movement, one of the most radical organizations in the history of the American far right, George Michael reminds us that some of the most dangerous radical elements in the United States are home grown.