Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists (Hardback)Julia Ebner (author)
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Adopting five different identities, Ebner infiltrated a dozen extremist groups and Going Dark is her eye-opening and alarming exposé of radical ideology and what it means for the rest of us.
Longlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Dagger 2020
By day, Julia Ebner works at a counter-extremism think tank, monitoring radical groups from the outside. But two years ago, she began to feel she was only seeing half the picture; she needed to get inside the groups to truly understand them.
She decided to go undercover in her spare hours - late nights, holidays, weekends - adopting five different identities, and joining a dozen extremist groups from across the ideological spectrum.
Her journey would take her from a Generation Identity global strategy meeting in a pub in Mayfair, to a Neo-Nazi Music Festival on the border of Germany and Poland. She would get relationship advice from 'Trad Wives' and Jihadi Brides and hacking lessons from ISIS. She was in the channels when the alt-right began planning the lethal Charlottesville rally, and spent time in the networks that would radicalise the Christchurch terrorist.
In Going Dark, Ebner takes the reader on a deeply compulsive journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking, exposing how closely we are surrounded by their fanatical ideology every day, the changing nature and practice of these groups, and what is being done to counter them.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 496 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'An undercover reporter's shocking look at the social world of political extremist' - The Sunday Times
'Julia Ebner has not only teased out and explained the common denominator in extremist movements, she has done so in a way that is humanising, engrossing and alarming. Going Dark is not just an overdue, almost exhaustive journey of research into the lives of extremists, it is a public service' - Nesrine Malik, author of We Need New Stories
'A scintillating journey into a secret world that is impacting our everyday lives in ways we are only just starting to grasp. Simultaneously immersive and analytical, Ebner's adventures in the dark crevasses of the internet shows how fascism works today - and what needs to be done to stop it' - Peter Pomerantsev, author of This is Not Propaganda
'Going Dark makes for terrifying reading, but it's all the more essential for that, exposing just how closely we're surrounded by fanatical ideology every day of our lives, and how that ideology is being countered' - Stylist
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