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The Turner Diaries

The Turner Diaries is a novel written in 1978 by William Pierce (under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald), the leader of the white supremacist group National Alliance. The narrative starts with an account set sometime in the future, in which all people of non-European ancestry, as well those as of Jewish and Hispanic ancestry, have been killed. The bulk of the book then quotes a recently rediscovered diary of a man named "Earl Turner", an active member of the rightwing underground, who helps bring this future about. The book details a violent overthrow of the United States federal government by white supremacists and also describes a brutal race war that takes place simultaneously. The book is graphically violent. Non-whites are depicted as sub-human. Whites who do not support the race war are described as "traitors" who must be killed along with the non-whites.

The book opens with the bombing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters, which some people have suggested could have served as a model for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City (see Oklahoma City bombing). The diary section ends with the protaganist flying an airplane equipped with an atomic bomb on a suicide mission to hit The Pentagon, which is depicted as a couragous patriotic act. The novel then ends with an afterwords chapter summarizing how white supremists later succeeded in conquering the rest of the world and eliminating all people of other races.

Although The Turner Diaries was only available by mail order and at gatherings, it is believed to have sold half a million copies, and to have had many more readers, because it was handed from one person to another. The novel is now avaiable through mainstream sources. See ISBN 1569800863.

To date, several actions have been claimed to be inspired by this book: