Legendary infiltration journalist Harmon Leon has gone undercover again and returned with a new book. Gentleman cartoonist Keith Knight provides popular comics that enhance Leon's enlightening narrative.
"This book was eye-opening ..." –David Litt, author of NY Times bestseller Thanks, Obama
The United States is a divided country, where two disparate tribes fight to provoke, condemn, and defeat the other. In Tribespotting: Undercover Cult(ure) Stories, Harmon Leon dives directly into the eye of the tribal storm, drastically changing his look and attitude as he goes undercover in an exploration of tribal behavior and its many manifestations in modern culture.
Employing the same inimitable style that he honed while infiltrating extremist groups, Leon introduces readers to a series of vastly different tribes, including a gathering of five thousand assault weapons fanatics, a clan of white supremacists who recruit at Applebee’s, a church of hookers who walk the streets for Jesus, and a meeting of cult members who stare at their leader’s handsome face.
Some of these tribes engage in harmless, hobby-loving fellowship while others revolve around the adulation of charismatic celebrities. Some of these tribes strive to uplift the individual via religious enlightenment, and a few are actually full-blown cults. But at the root of all these different tribes lies the same psychological need—the desire to be around like-minded people.
It’s hard to keep track of the sheer number of subcultures in the world today-and yet reading Tribespotting, it appears as if Harmon Leon’s infiltrated them all. This book was eye-opening to say the least, taking me to places I’d never heard of (including some I maybe wish I still hadn’t).
–David Litt, author of NY Times bestseller Thanks, Obama
Tribespotting lifts the lid on the strangest and most surreal corners of the country. If you thought the U.S. was bizarre before, you haven’t seen nothing yet.
–Harriet Alexander, The Daily Telegraph
My fave? Perhaps that anarcho-situationist rave-up SantaCon? Or the Furries? Or ... or ... Harmon Leon takes us inside some fairly troubled American Dreams.
–Anthony Haden-Guest, author of The Last Party
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Ripped from the headlines, Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America ventures deep into Red State territory and explores the current shape of our divided country, providing a fresh, first-hand perspective of right-wing subcultures and the mindsets of the so-called “deplorables” who helped propel Donald J. Trump to the Oval Office.
“A rollicking ride through Trumpland." –Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph
In his inimitable Gonzo-style, infiltration journalist HARMON LEON—whose stories have appeared in VICE, Esquire, The Nation, and National Geographic—dons a variety of disguises and goes undercover into the heart of Trump America where his exploits include canvassing door-to-door as a Trump supporter, hanging out with Trump fanatics as they receive free Donald tattoos, demonstrating how easy it is to purchase an assault weapon on Facebook, visiting an anti-Muslim hate group on the same day as a mass shooting, spending time with anti-choice protesters in front of Planned Parenthood, joining a conversion therapy group that tries to “turn” gay men straight, and many, many more.
Adding an innovative extra dimension to the book, TED RALL, two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist, enhances the carefully crafted narrative—and connects Leon's audacious accounts to the greater Trump phenomena—with his own distinctive political cartoons and insightful analysis, including a poignant epilogue.
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Published by 39 West Press.