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Writers Inspiring Change feature book review: Sons of the American Fatherland

Updated: Mar 24

Sons of the American Fatherland, by H. Berkeley Rourke, is more contemporary realism, than contemporary fiction. A book, written in documentary style, which tells the story of Jonas, an American-born son of a proud loyalist to the Third Reich and Hitler's Nazi movement. Jonas is taught to regard Jews and people of color as sub-human, anyone who is not Aryan and pure. By the age of 20 he is involved in neo-Nazi and white supremacist violence, and over the course of the following years, he builds his group, Sons of the American Fatherland, into a hate group which unleashes brutal and senseless killings around the nation, designed to incite hate and a civil war between those it targets. This is a dark read, filled with violence, revealing the ugly and inhumane aspect of those who objectify and regard other human beings as less than themselves. It reminds us that even though the Third Reich died in World War II, its message of hate and discrimination and inhumanity is still with us today, threaded in the weave of our culture. Humbly, the author prefaces the story, saying that it does not reflect his views whatsoever, and that it was not a book he enjoyed writing, but the necessity to spotlight the issue prevailed. Sons of the American Fatherland reminds us of the need to remain focused on what truly matters in the world, our humanity and treating people with equality and respect - because in the end, no one, except the most decrepit and sick individuals, would want to be a neo-Nazi like "Jonas". Steel yourself for a shocking read - one which certainly reflects no part of the "American dream".

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

About Berkeley Rourke

Berk Rourke was born in Douglas, Arizona on August 28, 1938. His careers were in teaching 8th and 9th grade students initially and then as an attorney for a total of some 40 years. He began writing as a cathartic exercise and enjoyed it so much that he continued with multiple efforts now being published for the first time. His life has known very few limits and his writing in at least two genres now has not known limits yet.

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