White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland

Mariner. Nov. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780358359906. $28. CRIME
Former Boston Globe reporter Lehr (journalism, Boston Univ.) tells the incredible story of a white supremacist terrorism plot in Garden City, KS, and the man who helped foil it. In 2016, Dan Day was invited by a former coworker to join the Three Percenters, a right-wing militia group, but he was alarmed by their animosity toward the Somali community in their Kansas farming town. When local FBI agents told Day they were monitoring the group, he agreed to help infiltrate it. He was drawn deeper into a militia rabbit hole over eight months and met three men who formed the Crusaders, an offshoot of the Three Percenters. Day briefed the FBI as the Crusaders tested bomb materials and planned an attack on a mosque; they were arrested before they could carry it out. Lehr had access to trial transcripts and interviewed Day, as well as FBI agents Amy Kuhn and Robin Smith, for this terrifying story that closely examines the radical belief systems of American white supremacist groups.
VERDICT A strong addition to true crime sections, this disturbing work will also appeal to readers interested in the development of modern hate groups.
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