Breaking Hate by Christian Picciolini audiobook

Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism

By Christian Picciolini
Read by Christian Picciolini

Hachette Books, Hachette Book Group 9780316522939
8.53 Hours 1
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A stunning exploration of how to heal a nation reeling from extremist violence from a viral TED speaker and onetime white-supremacist leader who now work as a peace activist disengaging hateful radicals. At fourteen, Christian Picciolini was recruited by a now notorious skinhead leader and encouraged to fight with the movement to “protect the white race from extinction.” Soon, he had become an expert in racist ideology, a neo-Nazi terror who roamed the neighborhood, quick to throw fists. By the time he left the movement years later and was able to see clearly for the first time, Picciolini found that his life was in shambles and the nation around him was coming apart. Told with startling intimacy and compassion, Breaking Hate is the inside story of how extremists have taken the reins of our political discourse and a guide to how everyday Americans can win it back. The forces pushing to polarize and radicalize us are many—from fake news to coded language to Russian trolls to a White House that often aims to inflame rather than to heal. Increasingly, the information with which we construct our world views is segregated by social media stars and advertisers with murky motives to validate our worst impulses. As Picciolini demonstrates, our modern world systematically normalizes extremism in such a way that we grow blind to it, only recognizing it in the wake of tragedy. Drawing on profiles of extremists that he works to free from violent ideology and on his own painful history leading and then escaping from an infamous neo-Nazi group, Breaking Hate explains why terrorism and violence have come to characterize our daily lives and why that doesn’t need to be the case.

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A stunning exploration of how to heal a nation reeling from extremist violence from a viral TED speaker and onetime white-supremacist leader who now work as a peace activist disengaging hateful radicals.

At fourteen, Christian Picciolini was recruited by a now notorious skinhead leader and encouraged to fight with the movement to “protect the white race from extinction.” Soon, he had become an expert in racist ideology, a neo-Nazi terror who roamed the neighborhood, quick to throw fists. By the time he left the movement years later and was able to see clearly for the first time, Picciolini found that his life was in shambles and the nation around him was coming apart.

Told with startling intimacy and compassion, Breaking Hate is the inside story of how extremists have taken the reins of our political discourse and a guide to how everyday Americans can win it back. The forces pushing to polarize and radicalize us are many—from fake news to coded language to Russian trolls to a White House that often aims to inflame rather than to heal. Increasingly, the information with which we construct our world views is segregated by social media stars and advertisers with murky motives to validate our worst impulses. As Picciolini demonstrates, our modern world systematically normalizes extremism in such a way that we grow blind to it, only recognizing it in the wake of tragedy.

Drawing on profiles of extremists that he works to free from violent ideology and on his own painful history leading and then escaping from an infamous neo-Nazi group, Breaking Hate explains why terrorism and violence have come to characterize our daily lives and why that doesn’t need to be the case.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As an outspoken advocate who has denounced racism and resolved to ‘repair the harm I once caused,’ Picciolini sets an instructive example for those questioning their own extremism.” Kirkus Reviews
“Illuminates a creeping danger that threatens to polarize American society and split it asunder. It documents Christian Picciolini’s inspired efforts to turn back a tide of hate about to engulf us all.” Dr. Arie Kruglanski, professor of psychology at the University of Maryland and author of The Three Pillars of Radicalization
“Picciolini provides us a roadmap to a new sense of community and justice. As a former extremist himself, Picciolini knows what turns people into ticking time bombs and what it takes to defuse them; and more to the point, what it takes to prevent still more fuses from being lit.” Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
“Provides a careful and detailed account of how to stop society’s death spiral into extremism and when we need it most urgently.” S. E. Cupp, nationally syndicated columnist and CNN host and author of Losing Our Religion
“Filled with rare insights that put today’s rise of white supremacy into perspective—and shows us how to stop it.” Ali Soufan, former FBI special agent and New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Christian Picciolini

Author Bio: Christian Picciolini

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. His is the author of White American Youth and Breaking Hate. After leaving the hate movement he helped create during his youth in the 1980s and ’90s, he began the painstaking process of making amends and rebuilding his life. He went on to earn a degree in international relations from DePaul University and launched Goldmill Group, a counter-extremism consulting and digital media firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremism. His life since leaving the white-power movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others overcome their own hate. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network. He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. Christian’s involvement in, and exit from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir White American Youth. His disengagement work is spotlighted in his MSNBC documentary series Breaking Hate.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 8.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English