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Now a #1 National Bestseller! A journalist who's been attacked by Antifa writes a deeply researched and reported account of the group's history and tactics.  When Andy Ngo was attacked in the streets by Antifa in the summer of 2019, most people assumed it was an isolated incident. But those who'd been following Ngo's reporting in outlets like the New York Post and Quillette Now a #1 National Bestseller! A journalist who's been attacked by Antifa writes a deeply researched and reported account of the group's history and tactics.  When Andy Ngo was attacked in the streets by Antifa in the summer of 2019, most people assumed it was an isolated incident. But those who'd been following Ngo's reporting in outlets like the New York Post and Quillette knew that the attack was only the latest in a long line of crimes perpetrated by Antifa.   In Unmasked, Andy Ngo tells the story of this violent extremist movement from the very beginning. He includes interviews with former followers of the group, people who've been attacked by them, and incorporates stories from his own life. This book contains a trove of documents obtained by the author, published for the first time ever.    


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Now a #1 National Bestseller! A journalist who's been attacked by Antifa writes a deeply researched and reported account of the group's history and tactics.  When Andy Ngo was attacked in the streets by Antifa in the summer of 2019, most people assumed it was an isolated incident. But those who'd been following Ngo's reporting in outlets like the New York Post and Quillette Now a #1 National Bestseller! A journalist who's been attacked by Antifa writes a deeply researched and reported account of the group's history and tactics.  When Andy Ngo was attacked in the streets by Antifa in the summer of 2019, most people assumed it was an isolated incident. But those who'd been following Ngo's reporting in outlets like the New York Post and Quillette knew that the attack was only the latest in a long line of crimes perpetrated by Antifa.   In Unmasked, Andy Ngo tells the story of this violent extremist movement from the very beginning. He includes interviews with former followers of the group, people who've been attacked by them, and incorporates stories from his own life. This book contains a trove of documents obtained by the author, published for the first time ever.    

30 review for Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Justin Wallis

    The losers that give this book 1 star ratings are the radical left that this book exposes. Antifa are the actual fascists and this book will be an ultimate expose.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LMS

    Probably would never have given this book more than a glance, but the fact that protestors tried to shut down Powell’s for carrying it convinced me to give it a try. Don’t mess with Powell’s.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg Watson

    Andy Ngo traces American antifa's origins to the paramilitary group associated with the German communist party following Germany's defeat in World War I. Following Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II, German antifa reemerged in communist East Germany, where "in the name of fighting fascism," the state justified "mass persecution and psychological warfare against its own citizens suspected of political wrongthink." Ngo also locates American antifa's origins in British anti-fascism of the 1930s. Andy Ngo traces American antifa's origins to the paramilitary group associated with the German communist party following Germany's defeat in World War I. Following Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II, German antifa reemerged in communist East Germany, where "in the name of fighting fascism," the state justified "mass persecution and psychological warfare against its own citizens suspected of political wrongthink." Ngo also locates American antifa's origins in British anti-fascism of the 1930s. Through a "cross-pollination with British punk music and punk culture" British antifa aligned its "ideology toward anti-authoritarianism and anarchism." This British "form of antifa, different from its German communist origin, eventually was exported to the United States." Ideologically, American antifa and American academic culture absorbed the ideology of critical theory associated with Herbert Marcuse, who in 1965 contributed an essay to the book, A Critique of Pure Tolerance. As Ngo notes, Marcuse redefined tolerance to permit "policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed" and intolerance to exclude then-current "prevailing policies, attitudes, [and] opinions." Although American antifa were active in the late 1980s in response to "the far-right skinhead movement," it was not until 2017 that the group attracted national attention. Antifa emerged in its now-familiar black uniform on college campuses in response to the speaking tour of conservative gadfly Milo Yiannopoulos. At UC Berkley in February of 2017, violent protests by antifa activists blocked Yiannopoulos from speaking. Antifa again rose to national prominence in the protests following George Floyd's death in March of 2020. Protests occurred nationwide, most prominently in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland. To the public, antifa's part of the protests and the ensuing violence and widespread property damage appeared spontaneous. However, they were part of a deliberate strategy. As Ngo documents, antifa carefully vets its members, and antifa groups only admit those willing to engage in illegal activities. Antifa members receive training on remaining anonymous online and training on injuring a person in a fight. Furthermore, a code of secrecy pervades antifa. Members do not cooperate with the police or share information about the group with family members. Antifa members only talk with or are photographed by friendly journalists or those sympathetic to antifa's ideology. Anfita has largely evaded scrutiny in the mainstream media. Worse, some of the media have accepted antfia's philosophy of people are more important than property; therefore, the property is expendable. According to the anarchist pamphlet, "Why We Break Windows: The Effectiveness of Political Vandalism," window breaking challenges "the absurd notion that the social contract of property rights is more important than the needs of people around us." As Ngo notes, the mainstream media parroted this notion in 2020, turning it into a manufactured consensus. Andy Ngo has written a badly needed book. It is highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    a must read. The Truth for a change.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Corvus

    Even with politics aside (which they shouldn't be,) Andy Ngo has been caught falsifying sources and data, computer engineering fake author avatars and bios for his tabloid rag, switching back and forth between his American and abysmally concocted fake british accent, and regularly defending Nazis with all his might all to continue getting the attention he craves from the gullible public that follow him. Also, he has possibly the worst facial hair I've ever seen. Edit: if you're more into listening Even with politics aside (which they shouldn't be,) Andy Ngo has been caught falsifying sources and data, computer engineering fake author avatars and bios for his tabloid rag, switching back and forth between his American and abysmally concocted fake british accent, and regularly defending Nazis with all his might all to continue getting the attention he craves from the gullible public that follow him. Also, he has possibly the worst facial hair I've ever seen. Edit: if you're more into listening than reading, this podcast about Ngo is pretty good https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-be... Note that it is from 9/2019, so it does not include his more recent terrible scamming of the public.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Armand

    To the 1-book/1-review trolls giving this only 1 star even before it's released, jig's up. You're too transparent. You don't ban books and intimidate bookshops and think you and your ilk are going to get a warm welcome here, in Goodreads of all places. A little self-awareness would go a long way for you and your kind, fascist. You want to be taken seriously? Here's an idea: why don't you actually read the book and give an honest-to-goodness review. Point out actual false accounts, inconsistencies To the 1-book/1-review trolls giving this only 1 star even before it's released, jig's up. You're too transparent. You don't ban books and intimidate bookshops and think you and your ilk are going to get a warm welcome here, in Goodreads of all places. A little self-awareness would go a long way for you and your kind, fascist. You want to be taken seriously? Here's an idea: why don't you actually read the book and give an honest-to-goodness review. Point out actual false accounts, inconsistencies, lies, statistical inaccuracies, etc. in the text and then provide links to verified sources that would corroborate your claims. Nope, attacks on the author's person won't cut it either. There's a reason why ad hominems are frowned upon in debates. Disprove the arguments in the book itself. And yes you will have to work doubly hard to prove your good faith. For some reason, people here don't take kindly to book censorship. I wonder why. Lastly, if your aim is to limit the breadth of the book's reach, well I've been looking at Amazon and it's the Number 1 Bestseller in Books right now. Many people who would have gone blithely through their lives not even knowing that this book existed have now ordered it. Way to go shooting yourselves in the foot. Here's to hoping that later on you won't do so literally.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deidre

    Just leaving this review to offset the one star rating people who have not read this book have given. Thanks to the little protests in Portland, I am so going to buy a copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    Excellent book

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sohail Khalid

    its strange how many fake members here review the book as 1 star, and that pushes me to read the book even though I am not even a U.S citizen just to take both points of view rather than the mainstream media THANK YOU SJW FOR THE RECOMMENDATION

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justin Moss

    One mans fictional account of the people who stand up to his violent thug friends. Andy NGO is a grifter and a fraud.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Rodaughan

    Kudos for Andy Ngo. Someone who is willing to walk the hard yards to speak truth to power. That said, I find myself inspired to write a letter... An open letter to Antifa. From, the Establishment Status Quo. Dear Antifa, I thought I'd take a few moments out of my busy schedule to pen a few words of appreciation for the good work you've been doing over the last few years. My very-good friends and I at the top of society have been spending quite a few decades putting together a little hybrid system. It' Kudos for Andy Ngo. Someone who is willing to walk the hard yards to speak truth to power. That said, I find myself inspired to write a letter... An open letter to Antifa. From, the Establishment Status Quo. Dear Antifa, I thought I'd take a few moments out of my busy schedule to pen a few words of appreciation for the good work you've been doing over the last few years. My very-good friends and I at the top of society have been spending quite a few decades putting together a little hybrid system. It's fascism for the rich and Marxism for the poor. The way our ingenious system works, is that we co-opt the machinery of the state, such as the legislature, the judiciary, the executive, and all the associated monetary, military and law enforcement powers for our own benefit. Given we have controlling stakes in all the important corporations on the planet, we simply use the co-opted powers of the state to regulate our competition out of business, and create monopoly markets to guarantee a steady stream of profits. If something goes wrong and we make a loss, the state deems our privately owned businesses 'too big to fail,' and bails us out thereby socialising (the Marxist bit) our risks onto the little people. You may have noticed the trial run we conducted with great success during the GFC in 2007/08 where the US government kindly bailed out our banking businesses to the tune of more than $700 billion. I must say my friends and I did chortle when we saw the cheques. But despite such successes, we have a very substantial problem, and we're really glad you're around to help us out. This hybrid Fascist/Marxist system is like a hungry little caterpillar stuck inside a cocoon. The big bad world isn't ready for our system to come fully out into the open. It isn't ready for a system where ultra-wealthy chaps like my good friends and I own everything and people just like yourself own nothing (a bit more of that Marxism thing - we're going to get rid of private property for everyone else by consolidating all ownership into our own hands through a debt for equity swap. Yep, we'll write off everyone's debt and take complete ownership of everything in perpetuity. You think it couldn't happen? Do you really believe that private property will be eliminated for the rich and powerful? That we aren't already 100% across the plan? We invented the plan!) Of course, we will rent some of what we own back to you, so you will at least have that, which is far better than nothing at all don't you think? But getting back to the devilishly difficult problem that we have. It's quite a pesky thing, and we think that you chaps are just the ones to help us out, as it's a very-pesky problem for you too. I'm speaking about the US constitution and the associated Bill of Rights. Now, my very-good friends and I have noticed with a certain amount of mutual excitement that you are all very keen on the idea of getting rid of the very-pesky US constitution. Well, as it happens, so are we. I can't tell you enough how tiresome it is to have to travel all the way to a privately owned island to have the sorts of parties that my very-good friends and I like to enjoy. Of course some of the delightful shenanigans that we get up to are frowned upon in certain circles of society, especially those staffed by over-eager law enforcement busy bodies. I'm sure you can relate to how tiresome it would be to have to keep hiding your perfectly natural predilections from general view. But without the very-pesky US constitution, and its thoroughly outdated views of 'constrained,' government and the separation of powers, we would be free to exercise our natural impulses in public without fear of ever being held accountable by some law-enforcement busy body. In fact they will all be on our side enforcing our rights to do as we please with all of you. Without the US constitution and the Bill of Rights there is nothing to stop us implementing the most rigorous police state ever seen in human history. Now, this is where you Antifa chappies come in. There are a large number of Americans who are rather attached to the dusty old papers, and we need to get them to voluntarily give the US constitution and the Bill of Rights up. Now my very-good friends and I have noticed that you Antifa chappies are not shy about using the old fisticuffs, and we applaud your penchant for violence. We ourselves understand the urge to get bloody from time to time; of course we do it in private and our personal security teams clean up the mess afterwards, but you need to be very public in what you do. You see, we need to bring society to the brink of revolution. We need the general population to be absolutely terrified to step out their front door. We need them begging to be saved from you. We need you to conduct atrocities, to terrorise and to intimidate to your heart's content. You will help us manufacture consent within the general populace to suspend the US constitution and the Bill of Rights to restore public safety. We will use your violence to create a truly epic backlash that allows us to declare martial law. We will bring the marvellous US military machine home to US soil. A war machine conditioned by three decades of counterinsurgency warfare in far away places. Given the NSA (thanks to the Patriot act and despite your petty efforts to protect yourselves) has been surveiling all of you, rounding you up and putting you up against a wall will be done quite quickly, humanely and with a minimum of fuss and bother. Of course, once the very-pesky US constitution and Bill of Rights has been suspended, it will never be restored. We'll see to that. If you happen to make it through the initial stages of our faux-revolutionary process, and find yourself backed up against a wall and staring down the rifle barrels of a military firing squad. Please comfort yourself with the memory of this letter, and the certain knowledge that we, the establishment status quo, could not have entrenched our plutocratic rule over the planet without your noble sacrifice. Just remember, we need you to take a bullet for our cause. Yours sincerely, A Ruler. The Establishment Status Quo. P.S. Antifa, if you weren't so available to be co-opted, we'd have to invent you. P.P.S. Look up next time you're rioting. If you happen to see a private jet flying overhead give me a wave. I probably wont see you, as I will be snorting the finest Columbian products while cavorting with a pair of wonderfully nubile super-models, but giving a wave will help you remember just who you're making a sacrifice for. P.P.P.S. My very-good friends and I have landed on a name for our hybrid system. We like to call it neo-fascist corporate statism. What do you think? It has quite a nice ring to it we think. A final note: For a very long time now, I've really struggled to tell the difference between the following things. A Fascist jackboot and a Marxist jackboot. A Fascist 9mm automatic and a Marxist 9mm automatic. A Fascist snitch and a Marxist snitch. A Fascist secret policeman and a Marxist secret policeman. A Fascist phone tap and a Marxist phone tap. A Fascist abduction from the street and a Marxist abduction from the street. A Fascist kangaroo court and a Marxist show trial. A Fascist labour camp and a Marxist re-education camp. A Fascist death camp and a Marxist death camp. An "I only follow orders." Fascist bureaucrat and an "I only follow orders." Marxist apparatchik. A Fascist death camp guard and a Marxist death camp guard. A Fascist Supreme Leader and a Marxist Supreme Leader. A Fascist Utopia and a Marxist Utopia. A Fascist sycophant and a Marxist sycophant. A Fascist 'Race Traitor,' and a Marxist 'Class Enemy.' A Fascist scapegoat target and a Marxist scapegoat target. A Fascist Indoctrinator of the young and a Marxist Indoctrinator of the young. A Fascist propagandist and a Marxist propagandist. A Fascist Book Burner and a Marxist Book Burner. A Fascist hatred of Marxists, and a Marxist hatred of Fascists. A Fascist ministry of state security and a Marxist ministry of state security. A Fascist retrospective law and a Marxist retrospective law. A Fascist predetermined vote count and a Marxist predetermined vote count. A Fascist one-party state and a Marxist one-party state. A Fascist execution without trial and a Marxist execution without trial. A Fascist firing squad and a Marxist firing squad. A prisoner of conscience standing up against a Fascist wall and a prisoner of conscience standing up against a Marxist wall. A Fascist rifle and a Marxist rifle. A Fascist bullet and a Marxist bullet. A victim of Fascism and a victim of Marxism. Geez, it's really hard to tell Fascists from Marxists - they look just like mirror images of each other. I wonder, is that a feature or a bug? (Of course they'll deny it - no one who is a genuine fascist or Marxist can admit the deep similarity of their methods and outcomes.) So when someone calls themselves Antifa, are they also Anti-Marxist? - Because both ideologies have murdered millions of people in their mutual search for an unattainable and never to be realized utopia. Of course the greatest threat to a ravenous wolf (Fascists) stalking its prey, is another ravenous wolf (Marxists) stalking the same prey (As opposed to all us normal people who are not besotted by the quest for power over others). When someone has their jackboot on your throat and a 9mm automatic pointed at your face, do you really care if their shoulder patch is a swastika, or a hammer & sickle? When an armed thug shoves a gun barrel to an inch of your face, are you going to care about the ideology that he has embraced as 'the ultimate truth,' or surviving the next few moments? You be the judge. Recommended. 5 'Speaking Truth to Power,' stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Gerardo

    No story no grammar no editing? Kate Hartson did you have anyone fact check this? Andy is not a reporter or even a part time blogger. I was sent this, don't buy it I'll mail you a free copy. No story no grammar no editing? Kate Hartson did you have anyone fact check this? Andy is not a reporter or even a part time blogger. I was sent this, don't buy it I'll mail you a free copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reynolds

    Great insight to what the radicals are really up to.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Houston

    This fraudster of a journalist is capitalizing on fear propaganda during our current time there are enough things to legitimately be concerned about without fear mongering on top of it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Callum

    Rating 5 for the antifa kids, thanks for bringing this book to my attention due to your protests.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Fairclough

    It's obvious that this author is not a journalist. Very disappointed as most of the book is not based on fact, just here say. It's obvious that this author is not a journalist. Very disappointed as most of the book is not based on fact, just here say.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eren Li

    At least, there are some people who have the courage to speak against the narration of multi-million news corporations.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    A must read for anyone of any sensible political persuasion, right or left (Why Biden doesn't admit Antifa are domestic terrorists amazes me!). This excellent insight reveals Antifa not to be the 'anti facists' they claim to be, but the true (fanatical, brainwashed, far left) facists of our time. Their quisling name 'antifa' suggesting the exact opposite of what the stand for. Well done Andy! Looking forward to the next book! A must read for anyone of any sensible political persuasion, right or left (Why Biden doesn't admit Antifa are domestic terrorists amazes me!). This excellent insight reveals Antifa not to be the 'anti facists' they claim to be, but the true (fanatical, brainwashed, far left) facists of our time. Their quisling name 'antifa' suggesting the exact opposite of what the stand for. Well done Andy! Looking forward to the next book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This may be a good book to buy if you want to learn about about Andy Ngo's anti-antifascism activism and involvement with groups like the Proud Boys (who he describes in the book merely as a "pro-Trump fraternity," which is interesting because the Wall Street Journal describes as "key instigators" in the 1/6 attack on the Capitol, and the Canadian government describes them as an officially designated terrorist entity), Patriot Prayer, and other far-right groups, but it is predictably filled with This may be a good book to buy if you want to learn about about Andy Ngo's anti-antifascism activism and involvement with groups like the Proud Boys (who he describes in the book merely as a "pro-Trump fraternity," which is interesting because the Wall Street Journal describes as "key instigators" in the 1/6 attack on the Capitol, and the Canadian government describes them as an officially designated terrorist entity), Patriot Prayer, and other far-right groups, but it is predictably filled with falsehoods resulting from poor fact-checking and probably also dishonesty. When writing about the Covid-19 lockdowns and the protests prompted by the killing of George Floyd, Ngo says: "The American public was now primed for mass resistance and violence against law enforcement. Glued to social media due to lockdown orders, all they needed was a reason to get out. That reason came in the death of George Floyd Jr. on May 25, 2020." This is weird because most states, including Minnesota, didn't have stay-at-home orders that extended to or through May 25th, so Ngo's statement obviously reflects very poor fact-checking, plus his analysis is just stupid. If people were "primed for mass resistance and violence against law enforcement," why would they wait for stay-at-home orders to end to do it? Also, most people obviously were not thinking about police killings of black people during the lockdown, because that stuff happens all the time anyway (which is why BLM is so important) and everyone was focused on the coronavirus pandemic. (Anyone who disagrees with me about this can find out that they are wrong by checking Google Trends and comparing the results for "Black Lives Matter" and "coronavirus" for the past year.) George Floyd's death was different from most deaths because it was caught on video and anyone who watched it could see for themselves that the cops were very clearly in the wrong (although Ngo denies this, because Floyd was "a 46-year-old black man with an extensive criminal history" whose blood "contained a fatal level of fentanyl"). Andy Ngo says that in 2020, "mainstream left-wing commentators began criticizing the very notion of property rights," which is a bit odd because property rights have actually been "criticized" for centuries; Jean-Jacques Rousseau (who wasn't really "left-wing" and kinda slightly predated the concept of a left-right political spectrum anyway, but still) wrote the Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men, which was published in 1755, which is way before 2020. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Karl Marx, and a bunch of other people criticized private property in the 19th century. It's just ridiculous to say mainstream left-wing commentators began criticizing it in 2020, as though that were some type of new development and the idea of property rights was just accepted without question before that. Obviously Ngo is clueless about leftism and this, on top of the fact that he frequently bends the truth, is just another reason why anything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. Another problem with the book is that it is extremely transphobic. Ngo mentions being yelled at by "a local transsexual antifa militant and a member of the Satanic Portland Antifascists," which is weird because what does the fact that they were trans have to do with anything? Nothing, but he probably included that in there because he knows his largely right-wing readers don't like trans people or really any LGBT people at all (except him obviously). He also deadnames trans people in the book, which is very unethical but not surprising because this is Andy Ngo we're talking about. I'm cis, but like most gay men, I support trans rights, equality, etc., and I guess Ngo just doesn't because he's a right-wing e-celeb and his fans like it when he does transphobia. Also he doesn't explain the incident where he got caught lying about who was initially wielding a hammer in a fight between Patriot Prayer and some anti-fascists. (It was a Patriot Prayer guy.) Ngo doesn't mention how much he's been owned on Twitter by people like Respectable Lawyer, etc., and that seems like a very disappointing omission to me. He does talk about the fact that he was with Patriot Prayer when they attacked Cider Riot but he tries to very unconvincingly make it seem like he did nothing wrong! He doesn't even explain why he got pushed out of Quillette (a web magazine that is ostensibly about classical liberalism and phrenology or whatever—Ngo was once an editor for it, but now he works for The Post Millennial, which is a bit like a Canadian version of Breitbart). Another problem with this book is that it's just one of those very boring books that doesn't even need to exist, because the main people who are going to want to read it are Andy Ngo's fans who already follow him on social media and will not learn anything new from this lousy book. (That is not to say someone unfamiliar with Ngo would learn anything from this book; they probably wouldn't, because there is just so much misinformation in it.) I definitely regret reading this whole terrible book, and I would not recommend it to anyone!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Seventh

    Unlike some other reviewers I’ve actually bought and read this book and found it very much lacking. Ngo’s book is filled with misrepresentations, poor writing, contradictory messages, and poor development of argument and thoughts. Following the Capitol attack much of Ngo’s rhetoric is shown to be empty, misinformed, and just plain wrong. In the book he calls antifa the biggest threat to American democracy however these recent events show he bet on the wrong horse. Now it’s only a question of how Unlike some other reviewers I’ve actually bought and read this book and found it very much lacking. Ngo’s book is filled with misrepresentations, poor writing, contradictory messages, and poor development of argument and thoughts. Following the Capitol attack much of Ngo’s rhetoric is shown to be empty, misinformed, and just plain wrong. In the book he calls antifa the biggest threat to American democracy however these recent events show he bet on the wrong horse. Now it’s only a question of how much longer he can beat it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cav

    “We are on the verge of a global revolution that can finally rid the world of police, along with the systems of anti-blackness and capitalism they uphold,” tweeted the New York chapter of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) on June 2, 2020. The group identifies as a revolutionary anarchist organization “fighting for a stateless, anti-capitalist, and prison free world...” Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy reads like a work of fiction. That is; if you were to ta “We are on the verge of a global revolution that can finally rid the world of police, along with the systems of anti-blackness and capitalism they uphold,” tweeted the New York chapter of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) on June 2, 2020. The group identifies as a revolutionary anarchist organization “fighting for a stateless, anti-capitalist, and prison free world...” Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy reads like a work of fiction. That is; if you were to take this book back in a time machine and give it to someone as recently as 5 or 10 years ago, they might find that the climate it describes here is more suited to the realm of dystopian fiction. Overthrowing the government and doing away with capitalism. Opening borders and abolishing ICE. Abolishing the police and the prison system. Installing a communist state in the United States... These are among the many aims of the radical leftist organization known as Antifa. The stories covered here are absolutely appalling, although likely to be familiar to those who have been closely following the culture war in the last few years. This book should be a wake-up call to the many apathetic and naive people who dismiss Antifa as "just an idea." Author Andy Ngo is is an American conservative journalist and social media personality from Portland, Oregon known for covering and video-recording demonstrators. He is the editor-at-large of The Post Millennial, a Canadian conservative news website. Andy Ngo: This one has garnered some extremely polarized reviews. The book has been targeted by Antifa members, who have protested it being sold in a Portland store. Partially caving to the mob, Powell's Books has limited its sale to online-only. Author Andy Ngo has also been targeted by Antifa, as he covered their activities. The book describes the many attacks on him; including being milkshaked numerous times, having groups of people show up at his home, as well an assault where he was beaten over the head; an attack that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Goodreads members can also read many outraged reviews here, likely from those either ideologically aligned with Antifa, or those who are "fellow travellers" of varying degrees. This is a timely book; after months of violent protesting and rioting engulfed large swathes of many American cities, following the death of George Floyd, Jr. It's incredibly tragic that Western Civilization fought a Cold War against Communism via The United States of America for ~50 or so years, only to now see a communist insurgency being played out on the streets of large American cities. Even more tragically; this uprising is being supported by many leftist academics, and has been downplayed or outrightly ignored by many politicians and much of the mainstream media. Ngo writes: "At the moment, the threat of the far right is understood by the American public and actively countered by government, academia, media, and civil society. No comparable resolve or mass organization exists to counter the far left. Why? One explanation is the cultural dominance of the left. The political homogeneity in popular culture, academe, and urban centers of influence (e.g., New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, etc.) has produced a populace with severe blind spots..." Unmasked covers many topics related to Antifa. It also features many photos. Among the topics covered here: * The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ/CHOP in Seattle. * The Project Veritas investigation into Antifa. * The history of "Anti-Fascism"; including the Weimar Republic, and Antifa in Europe. * The Marxist underpinnings of Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM). * Many violent attacks by Antifa, including murders. * The usage of propaganda by Antifa. Ngo takes a shot at the central narrative of organizations like Antifa and BLM here: "The BLM-antifa narrative that police are murdering black and brown people in epidemic proportions needs to be thoroughly debunked. It is not supported by the evidence or data. This should be the job of the media, but it has been they who fan the flames of racial division through one-sided wall-to-wall coverage. The unending distraction from real issues that can otherwise be addressed through evidence-based policy making has us chasing shadows..." Although I was already familiar with most of the content covered in these pages, those who have not been closely following the culture war will likely find much valuable information here. This book would make for great reference material for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of, and make sense of much of the recent violence. The writing here was also very well done. Ngo writes with an easy and engaging style that holds the reader's attention effectively. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone interested. 4.5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda Galella

    Andy Ngo spent four years trying to shine a light on the realities of Antifa. It nearly cost him his life on more than one occasion. His first hand accounts in the pages of this book are chilling. Altho’ the single incident from the summer of 2019 brought him to National and International prominence, there’s so much more to his story. Ngo provides the history behind Antifa; it’s roots from Europe, how it’s mutated in England and the US. His focus has been the Pacific Northwest, especially Portlan Andy Ngo spent four years trying to shine a light on the realities of Antifa. It nearly cost him his life on more than one occasion. His first hand accounts in the pages of this book are chilling. Altho’ the single incident from the summer of 2019 brought him to National and International prominence, there’s so much more to his story. Ngo provides the history behind Antifa; it’s roots from Europe, how it’s mutated in England and the US. His focus has been the Pacific Northwest, especially Portland and Seattle. He knows the players and they know him; a fact that is highly evidenced in the stunning photography he’s included. His research also includes a syllabus for new members to the Portland chapter. You’ll find this in chapter 4 of the book; it’s offered after months of vetting, 6, I believe, and has quite a bit of mandatory requirements. There are also numerous concessions for inabilities. It’s purposeful... Andy supports all his writing with extensive notes and references. The last 25% of this volume is devoted to it. He also takes a brief chapter to share a quick biographical sketch of his parents and their journey from Viet Nam. For me, this inclusion added an element of urgency and sobriety for a life already too visible to sleep peacefully. Well written and lives up to its name - people, places & actions, (or lack thereof), are all “Unmasked”📚

  23. 5 out of 5

    James

    Hard to believe a person with such a convincing British accent could write such an unconvincing book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bernard De Livaudais

    Ngo isn't a journalist in the sense that he covers events for people to be aware and understand. He is a journalist more like how Tucker Carlson is a journalist, meaning he's not really. In fact he has been a regular guest on Fox News. He is obviously extremely biased in his criticism of antifascism and his support for fascist groups such as Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys. If you also share his views that you will love this book. If you don't support racist, misogynistic and Fascist ideas and Ngo isn't a journalist in the sense that he covers events for people to be aware and understand. He is a journalist more like how Tucker Carlson is a journalist, meaning he's not really. In fact he has been a regular guest on Fox News. He is obviously extremely biased in his criticism of antifascism and his support for fascist groups such as Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys. If you also share his views that you will love this book. If you don't support racist, misogynistic and Fascist ideas and behavior then it will make you angry. If you want to read a actual scholarly look at the Antifa movement in the US then your much better off reading American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism by Stanislav Vysotsky, 2020

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Fuchs

    All you need to do is read the reviews of the lying fraudulent left(they all rated the book 1 star of course-all lying leftists) to know that everything Andy Ngo has to say in his book is fact and truth. In fact, how could you believe anything a leftist has to say about anything in this world when they believe in aborting living babies and believe in 'gender fluidity'. Antifa are in fact not ANTI-fascism, they are fascists. The left always use the ploy to play the victim or that they are for som All you need to do is read the reviews of the lying fraudulent left(they all rated the book 1 star of course-all lying leftists) to know that everything Andy Ngo has to say in his book is fact and truth. In fact, how could you believe anything a leftist has to say about anything in this world when they believe in aborting living babies and believe in 'gender fluidity'. Antifa are in fact not ANTI-fascism, they are fascists. The left always use the ploy to play the victim or that they are for some cause, when patently the opposite is true.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Trindade

    the book is being attacked for revealing the truth about Antifa's the book is being attacked for revealing the truth about Antifa's

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I live in Portland, OR. This book is propaganda. All it takes is a little digging to see Andy Ngo’s connection to the Proud Boys. If you’re not familiar with this group, they represent the modern day Klu Klux Klan. Andy Ngo is a puppet for this white supremacist group. Do not support him. He represents hate, racism, and police brutality. I wish I could give less than 1 star for this Mein Kampf!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Crowell

    Not a very good read. Boring and detached from reality.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Waser

    Great read and a total eye opener. PS. Ironically i must thank the Antifa protestors trying to stop the selling of this book, if it wasnt for yo guys i wouldn't never have know about it. Great read and a total eye opener. PS. Ironically i must thank the Antifa protestors trying to stop the selling of this book, if it wasnt for yo guys i wouldn't never have know about it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carla JFCL

    Very interesting, with a lot of food for thought. Heavily footnoted, which is good, as there is some fairly shocking stuff in here. Could use better editing. I read books, articles, etc., from many different perspectives and found this one to be a good addition to those.

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