We Are Proud Boys: How a Right-Wing Street Gang Ushered in a New Era of American Extremism

Hachette. Oct. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780306827464. Tr. POL SCI
HuffPost’s Campbell, who reports on crime and extremism, writes about the Proud Boys in his first book. He describes them as a right-wing street-fighting gang associated with opposition to any liberal cause, which coalesced in the Trump era and have been deployed by some Republicans. He documents their active roles in violent riots in Washington, DC, Seattle, and Charlottesville, where a woman was killed. They also participated in the January 6 insurrection, where Campbell argues they showed their organizational skills by appearing as a disciplined, uniformed group entering the U.S. Capitol with the intent of delaying or canceling the transfer of presidential power; at least five of the group have been charged with sedition in federal court. While certainly not the last word on the Proud Boys, Campbell’s work provides perspective and history.
VERDICT Libraries with current political events collections will be interested; also valuable for libraries documenting the Trump era.
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