Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story

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Hawthorne Books, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - MLBowers - LibraryThing

The story was interesting and enlightening. The narrative wasn't very smooth at times as it moved from I did this and then I did that. I was also left with the feeling that I wanted to know more about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

This memoir is by no means a great work of literature but I give it 5 stars for the unique insider perspective it offers on the neo-Nazi movement and white supremacist ideologies. Meeink was recruited ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
vii
Introduction
xiii
The Confessional
19
Welcome to South Philly Baby
23
The POW
31
The NeoPhyte
45
The Boys Who WOuld Be Fuhrer
59
Makin Nazi Love
77
Daddys Home
201
Fallen Heroes
211
Free At Last
231
Born Again
239
Oh Baby Oh Baby Oh Shit
249
Front Office Frankie
257
VDay
267
The Rock
281

Goddamn Gerbils
91
This Aint South Philly Kid
101
The Most Valuable Player
113
Stricken
125
Marked Man
135
Caught on Tape
141
Big Time
159
B25509
171
Satan Himself
187
In Sickness and In Rehab
297
What Lies Beneath the Rock
303
The Longest Trip
309
Epilogue
315
Afterword
319
Resources
323
Interview with Frank Meeink and Joy M Roy PhD
325
About the Authors
349
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About the author (2010)

Frank Meeink works as director of fan development for the Iowa Chops hockey team. He has been on the national lecture circuit for nearly a decade, speaking to various groups on the topic of racial diversity and acceptance. This is his first book.

CO-AUTHOR JODY M. ROY, Ph.D. has been studying hatred within American culture, including hate-groups and hate-gangs, for the past twenty years. In addition to her work as Professor of Communication and Assistant Dean of Faculty at Ripon College, Jody is a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere. Her publications includeLove to Hate: America's Obsession with Hatred and Violence (Columbia University Press, 2002).

Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author ofProzac Nation,Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women andMore, Now, Again. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications. She is a lawyer in New York City.

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