Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for White Hot Hate:
Even idiots can put together explosives.
The story of a domestic terrorism cell in Kansas in 2016.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:
Listening devices are much better nowadays. Even the FBI out in Kansas have pocket sized listening devices which can record for hours. Remember when everyone wore a wire?
Fun Fact for History Nerds:
I personally love the times when these idiots talk about being new Crusaders and then go on to completely misunderstand what the crusades were actually about. As a wise philosopher once said, “You can’t fix stupid.”
My Take on White Hot Hate:
It’s not often real-life stories have clear cut heroes and villains. This is one of those books unless you are a crazy conspiracy theorist who wants to take down the government and everyone who looks different.
Dan Day was a normal guy who got invited to a picnic. This picnic led to an FBI interview and Dan becoming an FBI informant. He did so because he felt it was the right thing to do for his country and he wasn’t getting out of trouble or being enticed in any way. He just felt it was the right thing.
The right thing was infiltrating a small group of small-minded morons who wanted to kill as many Somalis in their area of Kansas as possible. Why? They thought they could start a new American Revolution.
Dick Lehr meticulously walks through the entire story and makes it an entertaining read. He reports a few things and tie them to the words of Donald Trump on a few occasions. I personally don’t feel any of these idiots needed Trump to get where they were going. If you are too politically sensitive to read anything which invokes his name (or doesn’t go out of their way to completely condemn him) then you may have issues. The story is the story, though, and this is a good one.
A really good contemporary true crime book. Buy it here!
If You Liked This Try:
- Julian Rubinstein, The Holly and Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
- David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon
- John Carryrou, Bad Blood
- Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial