During the weekend of July 4, 1999, Benjamin 'August' Smith went on a three-day rampage in Illinois and Indiana, attacking Asians, Orthodox Jews, and African Americans. He left two dead and nine wounded, and then committed suicide. As a former member - conveniently resigning the day before the shootings - of the World Church of the Creator (now officially known as the Creativity Movement), Smith was praised by the leader of the church as 'Creator of the Year' for bringing attention to their existence and radical beliefs. Smith's rampage was the first many Americans had heard of this small, previously obscure organization. In this fascinating and comprehensive history of the Creativity Movement, one of the most radical organizations in the history of the American far right, George Michael reminds us that some of the most dangerous radical elements in the United States are home grown.
George Michael, assistant professor of political science at the University of Virginia, Wise, is the author of Willis Carto and the American Far Right and The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right.