Drums in the Distance: Journeys Into the Global Far Right

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by Joe Mulhall

Icon Books

9/21/2021, paperback

SKU: 9781785787515


A terrifying and timely look at the spread of far-right movements across the globe

Joe Mulhall knows what it's like to stare fascism in the face. For a decade, often undercover at significant personal risk, he has investigated hate groups.

He infiltrated a US white supremacist militia, set up a fake Ku Klux Klan (KKK) branch, has been on countless street marches with violent far-right groups across Europe, and got inside some of the most important 'alt-right' meetings ever held. Brazil, India and the US are still in thrall to authoritarian populism, and far-right views have become steadily normalised in mainstream politics. Mulhall's dramatic experiences on the front line of anti-fascist activism, coupled with his academic research, clearly explain the roots of both elected and non-elected far-right movements across the globe. Above all, he concludes, the far right should not be dehumanised - they are normal people, but with dangerous beliefs that can be defeated.


"Mulhall watches the extreme right revival from the inside - as an anti-fascist infiltrator criss-crossing the global networks of modern fascism - but he brings a deep analytical focus. By the end of it we understand one thing: the threat of a second fascist era is real." -- Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism

"Joe has had a unique view of the far right over the past decade as it transformed from a marginal subculture into one of the defining political currents of our time. He understands how these groups think and operate, and is perfectly placed to guide readers through this disturbing but vital story." -- Daniel Trilling, journalist and author of Lights In The Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe

About the Author:

Joe Mulhall is one of the UK's leading experts on far-right extremism. Senior Researcher at the UK's largest anti-fascism and anti-racism organisation, HOPE not hate, he is the co-author of The International Alternative Right and author of British Fascism After the Holocaust (both published by Routledge), and has written for the Guardian and New Statesman. He appears regularly on broadcast media including the BBC News at Ten, Radio 4's Today programme, The Moral Maze and Channel 4 News, among others.