From Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporter Saslow, an account of a former rising star of the white supremacist movement who broke with his family ideology after attending a liberal college and being forced him to confront his own beliefs.
With raw, uncomfortable frankness, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow dissects the ideological transformation of a man once considered the 'Great White Hope,' the heir to the White Nationalist movement ... Saslow handles this delicate story with journalistic integrity. The hundreds of hours spent with his subject are evident in the portrayal of the intense internal conflict Derek and his girlfriend undergo. Rising Out of Hatred is a powerful story of the damage hate is capable of, as well as the potential of faith and hope.
In Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, journalist Eli Saslow charts Black’s conversion from a right-wing extremist to a high-profile critic of the movement ... For me, it was at times unclear what specific circumstances and conversations prompted his dramatic about-face ... Rising Out of Hatred is a disturbing look at the spread of that extremism — and how it is planted and cultivated in the fertile soil of American bigotry. And yet, Saslow’s vivid storytelling also conveys that during this period of deepening racial division, there is the possibility of redemption.
It may be the exception that proves the rule in these partisan times, but the transformational tale of Derek Black is powerful and riveting all the same ... Eli Saslow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at The Washington Post, has written an eye-opening account of one man’s ideological metamorphosis. Rising out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist is at once disturbing and uplifting.