Early praise for Rising Out of Hatred...
“The story of Derek Black is the human being at his gutsy, self-reflecting, revolutionary best, told by one of America’s best storytellers at his very best. Rising Out of Hatred proclaims if the successor to the white nationalist movement can forsake his ideological upbringing, can rebirth himself in antiracism, then we can too no matter the personal cost. This book is an inspiration.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
“Rising Out of Hatred is an unforgettable story - fair, humane, unflinching, and brimming with insights about American racism and the white nationalist movement. Saslow has given us an instant classic of narrative writing and reporting.”
—Steve Coll, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, New Yorker staff writer and Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
“This is a double portrait: of a worse America, and of a better one. Neither of them has yet come to pass, but each of them might. Thanks to reporting that is both truthful and humane, we see in one young man's decision a guide to the choices that face a generation and a country."
—Timothy Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom
"No one can match Eli Saslow's skill at telling the most improbable, humane, and riveting tales of our time. Anyone despairing at the hate that has fueled so much of America's politics ought to read this unforgettable story."
—Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer and New York Times bestselling author of Dark Money
"This is a beautiful and important book. I am a changed person for having read it. If my father were still alive, there would be no book I’d rather discuss with him than this. There are gorgeous, brilliant souls at work in this powerfully told story, and they are everything that’s right and promising about our future.”
—Elisha Wiesel, son of Elie and Marion Wiesel and chairman of the WVN Elie Wiesel Award
"I couldn’t put this book down. This is essential reading for our political moment. Eli Saslow is among the best nonfiction writers working today, and here he writes about a gifted young man trained to be a champion of hate who then encounters love, and hope, in the world he hated. This is a story about the long struggle of America’s racist history told through the battle over a single American soul."
—David Fahrenthold, Pulitzer Prize winning political correspondent at The Washington Post
“Fascinating, gripping, and terrifying, Rising Out of Hatred is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and overcoming hate. Eli Saslow is a gifted writer, and the tortured story he tells is deeply illuminating and ultimately uplifting. In our rancorous times, this story of how the power of humanity and empathy transformed a twisted mind offers more than a ray of hope.”
—Amy Chua, New York Times bestselling author of author of Political Tribes and World On Fire