Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time

Pop Crunch assembles the list with The Turner Diaries at #2:

The Turner Diaries is a racist, antisemitic novel written by William Luther Pierce, the crazy ass former leader of the white Nationalist organization “National Alliance”. It depicts a racist’s wet dream consisting of a violent revolution in the United States that leads to the overthrow of the US government and the extermination of all non-whites and Jewish people. To Pierce, Hitler’s problem was clearly that he didn’t go far enough. The rest of the plot is too crazy to even go into (let’s just say it’s about as well written and realistic as you’d expect a book like this to be), but the book gets bumped up a few notches on our list due to the fact that Timothy McVeigh was a big promoter of the book, and may have used a scene in the book as inspiration for the Oklahoma City bombing.

And the not at all scary thing is that this is still being sold at gun shows all over the US. Sleep tight!
This is one of the five books on the list that I've read myself (Cormac McCarthy's The Road was particularly depressing) and this description leaves out most of the worst of it (one of the major plot points was that the government was rounding up guns from all of the good, God fearing white people while installing the dirty, uneducated black people into positions of authority). I can't remember if the president of the United States was black in the book or not but regardless, a lot of the hate-filled rhetoric and fear-mongering being spewed forth by the right-wing blogs and talk radio lately is starting to sound eerily familiar.


[Update: Just came across a trailer for The Road. It doesn't look any cheerier than the book:

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