My Books

All of my books can be purchased at these and other booksellers (listed alphabetically):

Barnes and Noble
Green Light Bookstore
Indie Bound
Politics and Prose
St. Marks Bookshop

Click here for my Random House Author’s Page

The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right
Foreign rights sold in Australia, Included in Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012

“A well-reported study of disaffected groups who hate other groups whose members look or think differently than the haters….A provocative, intellectually rigorous book written clearly and with an admirable lack of hatred.”–Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

“An informative and lively history of organized hate groups and their role in U.S. politics….exhaustively well researched and passionately written, though Goldwag sometimes veers off to cover very obscure figures. Yet whether he’s analyzing the origins of Glenn Beck’s ideology or demystifying the Illuminati, Goldwag excels at showing how the obsessions of the past connect with those of the present.”–Publishers Weekly

The New Hate is a timely examination of the deep roots of the conspiracy theories that have animated the American radical right for more than a century now. This important book gives readers the background they need to understand the astounding extremist rhetoric that now passes for mainstream political debate.”—Mark Potok, Director, The Southern Poverty Law Center

“This exhumation of the deep and gnarled roots of the American conspiratorial tradition could not be more timely. Combining a sweeping historical eye and sharp contemporary analysis, Arthur Goldwag explains not just why American politics in the Age of Obama is infected by a virulent strain of right-wing conspiracism — but why it has always been thus. From the Bavarian Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt, to the Tea Party Idiocracy of Michelle Malkin, The New Hate covers everything you need to know about the paranoid style in American politics.”–Alex Zaitchik, author, Common Nonsense

“Arthur Goldwag confronts conspiracist fantasies and fringe paranoia with reason and humanity — not to mention the briskness and drama of great historical storytelling. His dissection of how the political fringe has edged into mainstream culture deserves the attention and admiration of everyone who is concerned about the coarsening of our politics.” — Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America

Goldwag provides a lucid and detailed account of the irrational and bigoted right-wing populists and their conspiracy theories of power in the United States. These conspiracists are like intellectual vampires sucking the blood out of the body politic and leaving behind a weakened democracy in a fading twilight for civil society. Goldwag illuminates the conspiracists to reverse their trajectory of increasing influence, which is a periodic problem for our nation. –Chip Berlet, co-author Right-Wing Populism in America

“One wishes that Goldwag were exaggerating, but if you spend a little time reading the vile comments sections on right-wing websites you will see that Goldwag has performed a valuable service in tracing the history of the new hate to the old.”—Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III

“Titillating, shocking, brilliant, and often hilarious…a mesmerizing tour through the landscape of nutbaggery in the US.”—The Advocate

“The equivalent of the Birther movement has existed in previous centuries and inspired books by clearheaded authors….Goldwag’s tome is the most up-to-date, naturally, but it is also the best written and the least paranoid about paranoid haters.”–In These Times

“Goldwag’s book makes a wonderful complement to Frank’s more openly polemical analysis [in PITY THE BILLIONAIRE]. While Frank stresses the unique aspects of the Tea Party movement, Goldwag stresses its continuity with the past (the “new hate”, he argues, is the old hate repackaged). Between them, they get to the heart of a movement that it’s all too easy to dismiss out of hand. Both books are excellent, but together they’re essential.”–The Australian

Cults, Conspiracies & Secret Societies
(Vintage, 2009) Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club and QPB, foreign rights sold in Japan, Romania, Poland, and Italy

“The kind of reference manual that the Internet cannot supplant….Goldwag keeps the facts straight and gives the rumors — no matter how lurid and entertaining — about as much respect as they deserve.”—The Washington Post

A “delightful…expertly cross-referenced assemblage of strange theories, of the cults that hold them dear, and of the tenebrous groups and secret societies that are their bread and butter.” –The Weekly Standard

“Marvelous”—Michael Shermer, Scientific American

“Goldwag is “a colorful writer who makes good use of his material as he aims to explain, rather than debunk or expose, a fascinating diversity of beliefs.”—Boston Globe

Isms & Ologies (Vintage, 2007)
Main Selection at Book-of-the-Month Club and QPB, foreign rights sold in UK, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and Estonia

“A lexicon of more than 450 enduring truths, cast-off notions, newly minted ideas and historical chimeras, from Abolitionism to Zoroastrianism….Anyone in need of a brief refresher course — what the educated person ought to know — could not do much better…..Mr. Goldwag manages to keep his erudition lively and his scope wide indeed. Perhaps only the late Mortimer Adler at his top-loftiest could have sallied forth so bravely against the cognitive monsters of collective experience.” –The Wall Street Journal

“’The more ’isms, the more schisms,’ Goldwag writes, giving incisive histories of religious splits from creationism to gnosticism to hermeticism; scientific camps from Lysenkoism to string theory to uncertainty principle (not all partisans are -ists) and economics from Keynsianism to monetarism to today’s hot-buttoned protectionism.” –William Safire, The New York Times Magazine

The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah (Doubleday, 2005)

“Goldwag does an excellent job of introducing a complicated subject, neatly balancing the history of the topic with more practical application.”—Library Journal

“A….whistle-stop tour to Kabbalah, straddling the fence between belief and skepticism.” —Jewish Week

I contributed chapters to On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice (Haymarket, 2017) and to Hayek: A Collaborative Biography Part IX: The Divine Right of the ‘Free’ Market ed. Robert Leeson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

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