Challenged Works

The Turner Diaries

By William Pierce


1996—This underground novel, said to have inspired the Oklahoma City bomber, describes how white supremacists launch an anti-government race war. Originally published in 1978, the book has recently been republished by Barricade Books in the United States. The Jewish publisher has said that he strongly opposes the content of the book, but he believes that it should be available to the public.

Update—Canada Customs has never allowed the book into Canada, having stopped it at the border half a dozen times. Since the new edition came out with a mainstream publisher, Canada Customs reviewed the book and classified it as hate literature. The import prohibition was issued in July 1996, by which time Barricade’s Canadian distributor had received a shipment—which it promptly sent back. The bookstore that had ordered the book said it would not appeal the decision.

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