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America’s Secret Jihad

The Hidden History of Religious Terrorism in the United States

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June 14, 2016 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 417 Pages | ISBN 9781619027411

“[Wexler] convincingly makes the case that America has been victimized by significant domestic terrorism for over half a century…” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

The conventional narrative concerning religious terrorism inside the United States says that the first salvo occurred in 1993, with the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. This narrative has motivated more than a decade of wars, and re-prioritized America’s domestic security and law enforcement agenda. But the conventional narrative is wrong.

A different group of jihadists exists within US borders. This group has a long but hidden history, is outside the purview of public officials and has an agenda as apocalyptic as anything Al Qaeda has to offer. Radical sects of Christianity have inspired some of the most grotesque acts of violence in American history: the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing that killed four young girls; the “Mississippi Burning” murders of three civil rights workers in 1964; the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, the Atlanta Child Murders in the late 1970s; and the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. America’s Secret Jihad uses these crimes to tell a story that has not been told before.

Expanding upon the author’s ground-breaking work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. murder, and through the use of extensive documentation, never-before-released interviews, and a re-interpretation of major events, America’s Secret Jihad paints a picture of Christian extremism and domestic terrorism as it has never before been portrayed.

STUART WEXLER was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Tulane University with a degree in history. He now lives and teaches high school in New Jersey, where he won the prestigious James Madison Teachers’ Fellowship in 2010. He is also the author of Shadow WarfareThe Awful Grace of God, and, available exclusively as an ebook, Killing King.

Praise

“[Wexler] convincingly makes the case that America has been victimized by significant domestic terrorism for over half a century… He links atrocities familiar (the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995) and less so (attacks on synagogues in the South during the 1950s) to paint a disturbing picture with practical implications for the War on Terror… Wexler’s deliberate and critical review of the evidence is also likely to prompt reconsideration of the possibility of wider conspiracies behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and the Atlanta child murders of 1979–1981.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“An impassioned investigative report tracing a deeply religious theme to the spate of civil rights violence from the 1950s until today. With urgency and zeal… Wexler carefully differentiates the religiously motivated extremists from the merely white supremacists… [A] compelling study.” —Kirkus

“[T]his book is a fascinating attempt to see beyond conventional narratives and reveal an overlooked facet of religious terrorism.” —Library Journal 

“Stuart Wexler has done a wonderful service to those ignorant of the fact that Islamic fundamentalism does not own the copyright on terrorism. By shining light on religious terrorism in the U.S., Wexler shows us that human nature is capable of the most vile acts when ignorance and extremism is allowed to flourish.” —Tigre Hill, director of The Shame of a City

“Stuart Wexler’s brilliant new book is a major contribution to recent American history. On one level he provides the first coherent overview of a dangerous white anti-Semitic insurrectionary movement in the last half of the 1900s. He shows for example how this movement’s sizable bounty offer is probably a key to  the assassination of Martin Luther King. Just as importantly, Wexler analyzes the FBI’s dilemmas in breaking this movement, between acting too soon (and failing to assemble a winnable case) and acting too late (allowing a crime to occur). A similar dilemma arises from the FBI’s reliance on informants, protection of whom has encouraged a distorted prosecution  of movement terrorists as loners. Wexler’s analysis throws important new light on the Birmingham Church bombing of 1963, the King assassination, and the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. Both the research in this book (much of it his own) and Wexler’s insightful interpretations set a new standard for future scholars in this important field.” —Peter Dale Scott, author of The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy

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