Antifa: the Anti-fascist Handbook – 'What Trump said made the book seem even more urgent'
Rushed into print after the US president said there were ‘fine people on both sides’ of the Charlottesville clashes, Mark Bray’s guide provides tactics for those hoping to ‘defeat the resurgent far right’
When US president Donald Trump drew a parallel between the far-right protestors in Charlottesville and counter demonstrators last week, saying that, “You had people that were very fine people on both sides. Not all those people were neo-Nazis, not all those people were white supremacists”, Melville House rushed into action.
The independent publisher worked around the clock to get a new book printed following Trump’s remarks, and one week later, Antifa: the Anti-fascist Handbook is on bookshop shelves. A history of and guide to the anti-fascism movement, Antifa had originally been scheduled for September, but “everything in Charlottesville, and Trump’s odd behaviour around it, meant we tried to accelerate it even more,” said Melville House co-founder Dennis Johnson. “When the president said what he said, it made the book seem even more urgent.”