Eli Saslow is a Washington Post staff writer and author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2014 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. He lives in Oregon with his wife and children.
"Rising Out of Hatred is a disturbing look at the spread of
that extremism -- and how it is planted and cultivated in the
fertile soil of American bigotry. And yet, Saslow's vivid
storytelling also conveys that during this period of deepening
racial division, there is the possibility of redemption.
"This is a double portrait: of a worse America, and of a better
one. Neither of them has yet come to pass, but each of them might.
Thanks to reporting that is both truthful and humane, we see in one
young man's decision a guide to the choices that face a generation
and a country.
--Timothy Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom "The story of Derek Black is the human being at his gutsy, self-reflecting, revolutionary best, told by one of America's best storytellers at his very best. Rising Out of Hatred proclaims if the successor to the white nationalist movement can forsake his ideological upbringing, can rebirth himself in antiracism, then we can too no matter the personal cost. This book is an inspiration."
--Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America No one can match Eli Saslow's skill at telling the most improbable, humane, and riveting tales of our time. Anyone despairing at the hate that has fueled so much of America's politics ought to read this unforgettable story.
--Jane Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Money This is a beautiful and important book. I am a changed person for having read it. If my father were still alive, there would be no book I'd rather discuss with him than this. There are gorgeous, brilliant souls at work in this powerfully told story, and they are everything that's right and promising about our future."
--Elisha Wiesel, son of Elie and Marion Wiesel and chairman of the WVN Elie Wiesel Award
"Rising Out of Hatred is an unforgettable story - fair, humane, unflinching, and brimming with insights about American racism and the white nationalist movement. Saslow has given us an instant classic of narrative writing and reporting."
--Steve Coll, New York Times bestselling author of Directorate S. and Ghost Wars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize