Homeland: Into a World of Hate by Nick Ryan - review by Christopher Ondaatje

Christopher Ondaatje

The Number of the Beast

Homeland: Into a World of Hate

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Homeland tells the story of one man’s gruelling, six-year journey into the heartlands of extremism. Nick Ryan met, interviewed and, in some cases, lived with members of the extreme right in a dozen countries. He delves deep into these far-right groups, travelling across Europe and the USA to reveal how extremists share an ideology, information, contacts and even business interests. However, Homeland is not simply a story of undercover intrigue nor a dry political analysis. It is both a powerful personal odyssey and a social commentary.

‘I was driven by one question: Why?’ says Ryan of his desire to understand the men (and women) behind the rise of the extreme right. In his opening chapter, he admits to having started as a ‘wishy-washy liberal’, yet by the end of his quest he is left a more

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