Who Is Willis Carto?
Meet the man who’s
been called frightening, controversial and mysterious and who’s been a driving
force behind such independent media voices as The Spotlight, The
Barnes Review and American Free Press, among many others.
For over 50 years he’s
been one of the front-line figures in the American nationalist movement and the
target of groups like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Here’s the first-ever
full-length biography of Willis A. Carto.
Maybe you’ve heard of
him, maybe you haven’t. But Carto’s central role (usually behind the scenes) in
so many important projects of interest to American patriots, is the focus of
this wide-ranging and intriguing work. Love him or hate him, here’s his story.
volume of lies and disinformation that’s been circulated about Carto over the
years, this work by George Michael, Ph.D., a professor at the University of
Virginia’s College at Wise, is a reasonably objective study by a scholar who’s
taken the time to interview Carto and his associates, delve through the
archives and try to separate the facts from the myths.
pictures and fascinating details from Carto’s personal files.
jacket, 341 pages, exclusive photos
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Illustrations
2. The Far Right
before Carto -- 5
3. Early Years -- 18
4. Right -- 24
5. Uniting the Right
6. The Birth of
Liberty Lobby -- 62
7. Francis Parker
Yockey and Imperium -- 75
8. The Turbulent
Decade -- 87
9. Youth for Wallace
10. The Spotlight --
11. Opposition -- 113
12. The Institute for
Historical Review -- 124
13. The Populist
Worldview -- 144
14. The Populist
Party -- 157
15. The Rise and
Decline of the Christian Patriot/Militia Movement -- 177
Battles: The Struggle with the IHR -- 195
17. The Barnes Review
18. Death and
Rebirth? The End of the Spotlight and the Emergence of American Free Press --
Willis Carto and the Postwar American Far Right -- 239
Notes -- 247
Bibliography -- 313
The Right Book
for Americans Left in Ignorance -5/5
Clark on May 25, 2009 (Amazon.com)
In view of the
fact there are so many American concepts concerning what's "right",
what's "left," what's "conservative" and what's
"liberal," it is with much appreciation that many readers will
welcome George Michael's analysis.
research plays a prominent role in his book, and this gives it the credibilty
and subsequent value it deserves. In an American century that endured the 9/11
crisis toward the beginning, and is only now beginning to see governmental
decisions declassified, I am reminded of a statement given by C.P. Snow in
1960: "It is very easy, in an atmosphere of crisis, in the midst of secret
decisions, for men to surrender both their reason and their will."
then, that Rush Limbaugh doesn't appear in the index, but Willis Carto and
Francis Parker Yockey do. I doubt many Limbaugh-schooled conservatives have
ever heard of Carto and Yockey. Michael offers them an opportunity to expand
their education. But, with Snow's wisdom in mind, is there any reason to
believe they will?
of an admirable but unexciting man - 4/5 stars
By J. Michael on June 24, 2014 (Amazon.com)
While the book
did contain some information and pictures I had never seen before- e.g. Carto's
war service, his friendship with Otto Skorzeny, and some other things- there
really weren't any unexpected revelations here for anyone with a vague
knowledge of Carto. Hardly the spooky and shadowy figure the Left makes him out
to be, the man was what he represented himself as: a patriotic American who
made a fair amount of money through right-wing newspaper and book publishing
and who used that money to promulgate his message of paleo-conservatism,
Jeffersonian populism, traditional morality and national self-interest.
What set him
apart from his competitors was that he was a down-to-earth businessman who was
not beset by delusions of grandeur. He never wanted, or had the constitution to
be the Fuhrer or the man on a horse; he only wanted his government to return to
sanity in a time of treachery and deliberate subversion at the highest levels.
He had the unique sense to produce a product that mainstream Americans of his
generation found attractive, while very subtly introducing the more radical
ideas- on race, WWII and the Jews- that would have been reflexively rejected
had they been broached more openly.
critics had a point in that his readership became increasingly geriatric and
thus less consequential. To be fair, that can be explained by the greater
degeneracy and political correctness of the younger generation, even on the
Right, not to mention their weaker literacy and lesser sense of patriotism.
After all, his detractors and competitors never caught the attention of the
youth either. Nevertheless, it was a glaring failure.
Michael (born 1961) is an American associate professor of political science and
administration of justice at The University of Virginia's College at Wise. He
studies right-wing extremism, including the relationship between militant Islam
and the far right, and is the author of Confronting Right-Wing Extremism
and Terrorism in the USA (2003), The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming
Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right (2006), Willis Carto and
the American Far Right (2008), and Theology of Hate: A History of the World
Church of the Creator (2009).