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Losing all of his hatreds – my column in the Press-Citizen.

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My column on Frank Meeink’s autobiography, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, is in today’s Iowa City Press-Citizen.  Here is the opening:

Losing all of his hatreds

Frank Meeink grew up in South Philly doing things that one would hope could not happen anywhere. The power of his story is its demonstration of how easily dejected kids can be radicalized into terrorists.

“Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead” is the story of Meeink’s journey from a rough life in the streets of South Philly … and his sometimes rougher life at home. Most centrally it is a story about his radicalization into the top neo-Nazi skinhead recruiter on the East Coast and his recovery from hatred. More generally the reader is drawn through a variety of problems from which Meeink learns that he must recover.

Read the rest of Losing all of his hatreds.

Meeink will be speaking tomorrow, Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City.  I spoke with him over the phone a few weeks ago; he is a colorful speaker and has an interesting personality.  It should be an excellent event and if you are in the Iowa City area, I hope to see you there.


Written by JamesEJ

Monday, July 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

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