Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead is Frank Meeink s raw telling of his descent into America s Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over drugs and hatred Frank s violent childhood in South Ph

  • Title: Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead
  • Author: Frank Meeink Jody M. Roy Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • ISBN: 9780979018824
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead is Frank Meeink s raw telling of his descent into America s Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over drugs and hatred Frank s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate, while addiction made him easy prey for a small group of skinhead gang recruiters By 16 he had become one of the most notorious skinhead gang lAutobiography of a Recovering Skinhead is Frank Meeink s raw telling of his descent into America s Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over drugs and hatred Frank s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate, while addiction made him easy prey for a small group of skinhead gang recruiters By 16 he had become one of the most notorious skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast and by 18 he was doing hard time Teamed up with African American players in a prison football league, Frank learned to question his hatred, and after being paroled he defected from the white supremacy movement and began speaking on behalf of the Anti Defamation League A story of fighting the demons of hatred and addiction, Frank s downfall and ultimate redemption has the power to open hearts and change lives.

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    1. It was hard to decide whether this book deserves 3 or 4 stars. In the end I gave it 4 because I couldn't put it down. It's raw and horrifying in some instances, but entertaining. If you've seen American History X, some of the skinhead / prison / life redemption experiences will not feel particularly unique. But this is a true story. And it's written in an entertaining way from the perspective of Frank Meeink - a legit ex skinhead from South Philadelphia. It's not just about racism and neo nazis, [...]

    2. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A RECOVERING SKINHEADBy Frank Meeink I’ve recently read Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, by Frank Meeink. Frank is born out of a pretty lowlife family and never faced his life as it was. He was always high or taking his hate out on other people as a skinhead. He always tried to be better, but only ever replaced a bad situation with a worse or equally bad one. Frank was immediately born into a bad situation. Living in a fairly bad neighborhood, with his parents both drug [...]

    3. I found out about this book thanks to Michael Smerconish. I caught the tail-end of an interview on his show earlier this week and downloaded the book through the magic of Kindle while I walked across the parking lot into my office.One thing I worry about with this book I think I'm hearing the voice of his co-writer rather than Frank, himself. Despite the book being peppered with references to cheesesteaks and the well-known Philly-pronoun, "Youse," Jody Roy's Ph.D. is painted across each page. [...]

    4. First the positive: This book gives a fair bit of insight into the sad circumstances that foster and cultivate hatred in recent times (and, actually, across all time, as those circumstances are not at all limited to recent decades). This book also provides hope, showing how the right exposure to the right kind of guidance, friendship, responsibility, or love can overcome that hatred (and, also teaches a huge lesson, showing how the actions of even one person—the Jewish employer, in this case [...]

    5. Extremely hard read, especially if you have any history that is touched on within the pages of this book. When I began reading it I could only make it through a few pages at a time then I'd put it down, picking it up days or weeks later.However to set the mind on having such courage to read something that took courage to have written I felt was the least I could do The simple fact was that I met him quite randomly through friends while he was here in Portland, and running into him the next day w [...]

    6. This is a pretty fantastic autobiography of Frank Meeink, who was one of the most racist, and notoriously violent people involved with Aryan Nations and other hate organizations on the east coast between 1980-2000. It has become a pretty popular read due to the fact that Mr. Meeink is completely forthcoming with all of the brutal crimes he has committed, and describes his drug use as vividly as his memory allows him. Also, he doesn't write with a tone suggesting that he's using it as an apology [...]

    7. If had 4.5 stars I would give that. Very shocking and disturbing but a great read where I'd grab the book any free moment I had. It's almost several storiesFrank's extremely terrible childhood, even worse teenage years which led to neo-nazi years and later severe drug addiction. There wasn't one specific event that led Frank to become a hateful person nor a specific event that made him realize how stupid and nonsensical racisim is. Very well written and informative book! (again though, lots of [...]

    8. Frank Meeink and Jody M. Roy tell of Meeink’s story childhood spent raised by alcoholics and drug addicts on the low-end of the working class spectrum in Philadelphia. Despite loving extended family, no one protects Meeink from savage beatings from his stepfather, the emotional abuse and indifference from both his mother and father, and the constant fear he lives in as he bounces around low-performing, dangerous elementary and middle schools. An all too brief childhood filled with severe viole [...]

    9. This is a book where the star rating doesn't matter much.It could be a 5 star book in places, some it could be a 4 and some a 3.It's not inconsistent. In fact, it's anything but. The style walks a straight line, the voice never feels dishonest. It's very "just the facts." It doesn't ever feel dry or emotionless though.See, I am having a hard time with this book.Let's start here.Frank Meeink had a rough childhood. His parents had him young, and after they split his father signed him away (sort of [...]

    10. Reads like million little pieces but the co-author has gone to the lengths to verify most of the facts. Pretty powerful story thou Meeink is constantly trying to one up himself with new descriptions of exploits and wreckage. A fast read and short so definitely worth the time. Just not a great book because it's just his story and he doesn't even get to the point of realizing he's still enamored with his past life. There is a lack of any real deep regret and he portrays an overhanging sense that h [...]

    11. I do not have enough words to express what feelings this book gave to me. This book gave me an entirely different perspective of drug abuse, family turmoil, and hate groups I never thought I could have. With reading the extended edition it brought tears to my eyes. The life that Frank has survived. He may have slips in his life, but I pray to God he never gives up. Because his story is touching people I believe he never thought would. Thank you Frank for teaching me a part of empathy and compass [...]

    12. I heard this guy talking about his life on NPR so was interested to read his story. It's sometimes pretty raw and tough to read, but it helps you understand how some people can become part of a hate-group, and, better still, shows that there's hope for them to eventually realize their stupidity and change their ways. It's a frustrating story at times because of his addiction issues - you just want to shake him, as I'm sure his love ones also wanted to. Overall, it's a story of hope and a pretty [...]

    13. I've been wanting to read this book for years. I was really curious about what drives people to hate people they've never even met. This book gave me insight into that. Sometimes, it's simply a matter of being accepted by a group when everyone else around you is ignoring your existence. It's not excusing the things he did, but it helps me understand. There were times in the book that I wanted to slap him for making bad decisions, but I found the book very hard to put down.

    14. I greatly enjoyed this book! As I am going into the sociology and psychology field this was a very interesting and in depth read. I recently did an internship at a hospital out-patient psych facility in south Chicago. This is where I just began to get a taste of what addiction does to a person. Reading this book so soon after my short experience really gave me an idea of the full life story of someone in the situation letting it ALL out. I will always keep this book, even if I never read it cove [...]

    15. This book was recommended by a friend at work. she said that both she and her husband could not put it down once they began reading it. I was not inflicted with this ciondition. I had a difficult time getting through it at all. Being nonfiction was interesting, though. This young man told a tale of a very hard life. He suffered a lot of abuse as a child and then dished it right back as an adult. There were times I was hopeful that he would beat his alcohol and drug addiction just to watch him re [...]

    16. Interesting book on the psychology behind hatred. Certainly not an easy read but a book that, I think, should be read. Any ideology that sustains an "us" versus "them" mentality needs to be carefully considered and studied. This is book is a reminder that calls people to consider the shared characteristics that make us human rather than the things that separate us.I would have liked to have read more on Meeink's state of mind as he was making the transition from neo-Nazi thinking into the proces [...]

    17. It was difficult for me to get past Meeink's monumentally sized ego in this graphic, nothing held back memoir. Part of me feels that Meeink is still in some way boasting about his extreme drug use, violent behavior, and abusive childhood, in order to boast further about his dramatic turnaround as a diplomat -through hockey - of race relations.Meeink redeems himself with his frank assessment of himself ; he will always be an addict, and his struggle with addiction is an every moment, every minute [...]

    18. This is a really compelling memoir not just about his life as a skinhead, but also addiction and recovery, family abuse, and a ridiculous amount of healing. It's amazing what he went through, came through, and overcame, and the story is relatable and never preachy. The style is great, I'm pretty impressed that an academic collaborated with this guy to capture a voice that is authentic without being too corny (you know, they're careful about when they use Philly slang, etc). Overall, I really enj [...]

    19. Wow. Great biography. I was on the edge of the skinheads mainly due to growing up in Pittsburgh and spending a year in Chicago during the late 80s. It wasn't unusual to go to a party and hear skrewdriver and other oi bands. Being a girl, I channeled my rage in other ways but this could have been me. My family wasn't as broken as Frank's and I had a driving force to educate myself and surround myself with different kinds of people. I always knew that racism was not something that made sense for m [...]

    20. It takes a ton of guts to be honest. It takes ten times more guts to be honest about a traumatic past filled with drug addiction, deep-seated hate, racial prejudices, child abuse, and rape. It takes ten MILLION freakin' times more guts to admit how many relapses you had during these times, how you struggled in and out, convincing yourself you wanted to change only to fall right back into your old ways. Because, really, who hasn't done that at one point or another in their life? A great and movin [...]

    21. As a new mother I have felt empathy on a whole new level reading this book. I ached for Meeink because I pictured the pain that he experienced and inflicted on others through the eyes of my own child, wanting to spare him from the sorts of pains and challenges that set Meeink for such a life. It has been a while since I have read a book that inspires me to want to know about the author them self and it is such a joy to know that after all of these gripping experiences, Meeink is using this heart [...]

    22. I read this book over the course of a few weeks. Reading it in small doses before finally devouring through the final 100 pages or so today. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to throw the book at the wall and scream "stop screwing up Frank!" Until I realized that I'd done all those same things in my addiction. It's just part of the journey. This book ended up being more about family and addiction and pain for me than it was about race and acceptance. But I just love honest writers who you [...]

    23. I found this book extremely difficult to read as so much of the content is so violent and motivated by hate. Ultimately though, it was a very interesting read and an interesting look at how that sort of hatred is fostered in individuals like Frank Meeink. Really, it's a tragic story of how neglect can lead people to find acceptance, regardless of the nature of the group that gives the acceptance. It really does provide great insight into the workings of such actions. I really hope that Frank is [...]

    24. Good concept. A little too lengthy. I'm always curious about how people make excuses for their hatred and ignorance and am curious about how they overcome it to lead more fulfilling lives. This book was an interesting look into the life of a skinhead (erex-skinhead). However, I left feeling a little depressed that this garbage is still happening today. I mean, take a look at this week's news report of that teenager in Florida. Read it because we shouldn't pull the wool over our own eyes and pret [...]

    25. The subject matter here made this book so hard to read. There's so much sadness and violence and hate that my heart hurt through most of the book. There was a duality to the narrative voice that threw me off sometimes, I assume due to the co-authorship--lots of "ain't" and f-bombs, followed by eloquent phrases--which might bother another reader more. Just so much potty mouth though, yikes--definitely be aware of that! Glad I read it; it's definitely a perspective I've not encountered much before [...]

    26. I don't know where I found this bookobably bored at Borders. The book was interestingI did not care for the wriitng style---the whole time, but his story kept me turning pages. The book is about a Skinhead who turns his life aroundHe battles with addiction and even at the end of the book he is not sure he will overcome his addiction. not a real ending. It was interesting to read about how a teenager became so angry and full of hate ;( The whole world just needs more love.

    27. I circled the book more than a few times in the store before I bought it. I thought that I could really care less about some white man's rationale for becoming a skinhead. I was wrong. It was a great read and I found that tolerance is not a one way street. In telling his story, Mr. Meink wrote that Dr. Roy was the first person who asked why he believed what he did was right. It was the first time someone listened. That sentence kept me reading and I am better for it.

    28. This book was written from such raw intensity. Frank Meeink story is something everyone should read. It was such a rollercoaster of a ride. You will laugh, cry and get angry as hell at some of things that occured in his life. The book not only discusses his life as a skinhead but it deals with his addictions to drugs and alcohol. Its amazing that someone who is around my age has experienced so much in a short lifetime. Plus it was written so well. A must read.

    29. I literally read this book through the night, and my work will suffer today. This is a story of evil and redemption, and the struggles of one young man to find his way to hope after a horrific life of beatings, family abuse, and the ultimate decision to turn his abuse into hate by joining the skiinheads. His is a hard story to live but his life has been saved through acceptance, and a willingness to change through giving up his past, capturing his demons and giving back.

    30. I was blown away by this book and it also reminded me of 'American History X'. This is a powerful story about a man who had chosen a wrong path in life because he had no one who could guide him. After some life chaning experience, he understood what life is all about and reinvented himself completely. This is a moving story and a very good advice book for parents how to properly raise your children if you don't want them to become the outcasts and the trash of society.

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