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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead Book Review

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Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead Book Review

About the Book: Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead is Frank Meeink’s raw telling of his descent into America’s Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over drugs and hatred. Frank’s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate, while addiction made him easy prey for a small group of skinhead gang recruiters. By 16 he had become one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast and by 18 he was doing hard time. Teamed up with African-American players in a prison football league, Frank learned to question his hatred, and after being paroled he defected from the white supremacy movement and began speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League. A story of fighting the demons of hatred and addiction, Frank's downfall and ultimate redemption has the power to open hearts and change lives.

Our Take: This country, even with all of our strides, still has a huge problem with racism.   This book is the autobiography of ex-skinhead gang leader Frank Meeink.  Frank grew up in South Philly and had a very violent start in life.  He was the leader of a notorious skinhead gang by age 16!  This guy was on a fast track to a terrible existance,  until at the age of 18 he was put in prison.  There, he was forced to confront and ammend his own beliefs.

This book is Meeink's inspirational story, as told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D.  I really enjoyed it and it gives me hope in humanity.  Its great to hear the story of someone turning away from ignorance, rather than bathing in it, as so many do these days.  This is a great, albeit sometimes dark, read!

How to Buy: or the Hawthorne Books Website