Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (Paperback)

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This is easily one of the most comprehensive and prolific sources of information, eyewitness accounts, and critical theory from both the past and the present. Taking place on the frontlines of radical activism for revolutionary action. Being one of the most misunderstood, demonized, and propagated against ideology movements of the past century what is now known and labeled as “ANTIFA” has been catapulted into the mainstream media and limelight of social media whether you like it or not. We are here. We always have been. And, always will be. So you might as well get to know the “boogie-man” Trump, FOX News, and Alex Jones have told you all about for the past half-decade. In fact, it may surprise you what the truth actually is. From the cult American heroes of Captain America, Indiana Jones, and Luke Skywalker to the actual historical legends of Patrick Henry, George Orwell, and Fred Hampton; Antifascism (i.e. standing up against oppressive authoritarian forces that threaten the very existence of freedom and equality for us and our entire community) is steeped into every fundamental ACTUAL American idol, belief, and foundation. It is what this country was supposedly founded on, is it not? So this book is vital for times such as these. Not only if you agree or despise it, but if you truly want to learn how we have been fighting for a century to stave off the authoritarianism waves of dictatorship and to keep hold tight to every sacred right we have shred blood, sweat, and tears for.


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— From Awesome August Staff Picks


The National Bestseller

“Focused and persuasive... Bray’s book is many things: the first English-language transnational history of antifa, a how-to for would-be activists, and a record of advice from anti-Fascist organizers past and present.”THE NEW YORKER

As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as “antifa.” Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right.
In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and activist Mark Bray provides a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day — the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Today, critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; antifa adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the slightest chance to triumph again. Bray amply demonstrates that antifa simply aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics, and to protect tolerant communities from acts of violence promulgated by fascists.
Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises.

About the Author

MARK BRAY is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and the co-editor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His work has appeared in the Washington PostForeign Policy, Salon, and numerous edited volumes. He currently teaches history at Rutgers University.

Praise For…

“Focused and persuasive... Bray’s book is many things: the first English-language transnational history of antifa, a how-to for would-be activists, and a record of advice from anti-Fascist organizers past and present.”THE NEW YORKER

"Insurgent activist movements need spokesmen, intellectuals and apologists, and for the moment Mark Bray is filling in as all three... The book’s most enlightening contribution is on the history of anti-fascist efforts over the past century, but its most relevant for today is its justification for stifling speech and clobbering white supremacists."Carlos Lozada, THE WASHINGTON POST

“[Bray’s] analysis is methodical, and clearly informed by both his historical training and 15 years of organizing, which included Occupy Wall Street…Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook couldn’t have emerged at a more opportune time. Bray’s arguments are incisive and cohesive, and his consistent refusal to back down from principle makes the book a crucial intervention in our political moment.”SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Bray’s aim is to present an accessible genealogy of today’s militant anti-fascist movement… Antifa is written from a commendable place of engagement and provides a serviceable genealogy for militant anti-fascism in the present, and Bray’s often well-reasoned defense of controversial tactics should and will make the critics reflect. The book is at its best when criticizing the liberal view that official democratic institutions alone are sufficient to prevent a fascist seizure of power.” —LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS


"Vital... [Bray] gives a straightforward and clear-headed evaluation of the movement. And there is an urgency here: Cranked out quickly post-Trump and released the week of the Charlottesville white supremacist attack, “Antifa Handbook” is hard history, a call to action, and an even-handed and reasonable explanation as to why we need to be way less damned reasonable."—THE BALTIMORE BEAT

“Mark Bray does a great job detailing the movement’s growth in the U.S. and giving historical context to the antifa’s resurgence. Read the book if you want to learn even more…” —REVEAL NEWS
“[An] excellent introduction, which serves as a reasoned and passionate defense…Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook serves as an educational tool for those whose inclination is to support antifa because they oppose fascism and white supremacy, but remain on the fence... Bray’s concise and multilayered text is an essential aid in that task.” —COUNTER PUNCH

“Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook arrives as a timely and thoroughly researched primer on the movement’s philosophy and tactics...readers of “Antifa” can be assured of gaining insight on an increasingly visible and misunderstood group looking to keep the genocidal past from repeating.” —PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

Antifa urges people to organize against fascism before it organizes against us.” —THE STRANGER

“In the Trump era, Bray’s Handbook is essential reading.” —PROGRESSIVE MAGAZINE
Product Details
ISBN: 9781612197036
ISBN-10: 1612197035
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: August 14th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English