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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (10 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844679594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844679591
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Racism and the rise of the far right in Britain are often discussed but rarely understood. Daniel Trilling is an exception, writing about these controversial issues authoritatively and eloquently. With the threat posed by prejudice and bigotry ever greater at a time of economic crisis, Trilling's voice must be heard. --Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class

Daniel Trilling is a serious reporter who is not afraid to get close to a difficult subject and ask awkward questions. The result is journalism of the best kind - it is vivid and readable, and it also makes you think. --Brian Cathcart, author of The Case of Stephen Lawrence

About the Author

DANIEL TRILLING is an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman, where he has reported on Britain's far right since 2009. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound and Frieze. He lives in London.

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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By alice on 18 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book - it is very depressing in places but manages to maintain a tone of thoughtful exploration which is very readable. Absorbing even, and not in a gory "look at the horrible nazis" way, it's simply an engrossing read about some of the people of Britain. In particular, the conclusion does an excellent job of helping you at least feel like you have a clue about how to start thinking about these issues - a liberation from the rather limited perspectives offered by most of our politicians. I did get a few funny looks on the tube reading it. But maybe that's a good thing. We should be talking about this stuff more.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan Roper on 26 Aug 2013
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This is a concise, accessible and very readable recent history of the BNP but it is far from authoritative. In style it is anecdotal, at times it is factually inaccurate and analysis is limited.

The strength of the book is in the personal accounts of people living in areas of BNP growth. However, the book then attempts to knit these together into a general narrative that is guided by media trends at the time rather than objective analysis.

The book considers the BNP in something of a vacuum and this is a mistake. Limited progress in Euro elections needs greater recognition of the reasons for UKIP's success. Likewise, the continued presence of other far right groups should be referenced as one of the reasons for constant splintering of the party and sources of external pressure. In this respect the continued leadership ambitions of John Tyndall until his death are ignored as is the unsuccessful leadership challenge of Chris Jackson. One important aspect of how the BNP positioned itself under the Griffin leadership was how it officially set itself against the National Front painting the other party as extremist, indeed at one stage it could be said that if the NF did not exist, the BNP would have to invent it.

For students this is a concise introduction that could lead into much weightier contributions like Copsey. The book scores well for readability but lecturers will cringe at the sight of it being referenced excessively in undergraduates essays.
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15 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DawnHFoster on 18 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
Forensically researched and clearly presented analysis of the rise of the BNP and EDL in the UK over the past few decades. Trilling's book meshes interviews with local residents in areas that have seen sharp rises in the far right votes, BNP politicians and antifascist activists, sensitively exploring the conditions and climate that have enabled the far right to grow. Particularly interesting is the final section, debunking commonly reported myths about the far right. A must read for anyone interested in the far right in the UK and Europe.
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Format: Hardcover
Daniel Trilling has produced an exceptional piece of research which looks at the the rise of the fascist British National Party (BNP) and other far right trends, such as the English Defence League (EDL). Almost uniquely among such accounts, Trilling thoroughly debunks the myths propagated by the mainstream media: that an excess of immigration and the "failure" of multiculturalism drove the rise in the BNP's support, that supporters of the far-right are not racist but have legitimate grievances which should be taken up by mainstream politicians. Rather, Trilling spells out how "tough talk" and reactionary policies, and especially Islamophobia, pursued by Labour, Tory and the Lib Dems alike, have legitimised the extremism of the far-right.

While the book omits a thorough discussion of anti-fascism in the present day, implicit in its argument (particularly the discussion of the defeat of the National Front in the late '70s and early '80s) is the understanding that the far-right can only be defeated by a combination of grassroots organisation, militant confrontation when fascists mobilise, and the articulation of a progressive alternative to the mainstream consensus of cuts and scapegoating, an alternative that must exist not simply at the ballot box but on the streets and in strikes. Trilling is at pains to point out that the threat of the far-right has not receded (witness the mobilisations by the racist EDL in recent years) and that the idea that "it couldn't happen here" is a dangerously complacent position in the midst of a global economic crisis: The rise of the openly fascist Golden Dawn, from less than 1 percent in the polls to the third-highest polling party in Greece in less than a year, should be warning enough of that.

Based on years of research and reporting on the far-right for the New Statesman magazine, Trilling's book is an essential read for anti-fascists, activists and academics alike.
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14 of 25 people found the following review helpful By NoirWriter on 21 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well the far right are exposed once again, Daniel Trilling a highly experienced journalist puts paid to the blatant propaganda and myths put out by the racists. He clearly explains why these people should be carefully watched and the type of people that make up these groups. An excellent factual book, highly recommended!
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18 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David1964 on 15 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
I am afraid this book is utterly biased against the BNP, and thus has little value to the researcher or historian. It is merely propaganda, and is packed full of the usual stories printed in the press which we have all read a thousand times.

There is a desparate need for an objective and unbiased account of the rise of the BNP, but sadly this book isn't it.
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