Book Review: Picciolini’s White American Youth


  • Kat Fuller University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Book Review, Memoir, White Supremacism, Punk Music


This article reviews Christian Picciolini’s White American Youth (2017), a memoir of a former white supremacist punk musician who co-founded the non-profit organization Life After Hate.


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