Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

The Frank Meeink Story

By Frank Meeink; Elizabeth Wurtzel (Introduction by); Jody M. Roy (As Told to)

Hawthorne Books, Paperback, 9780979018824, 350pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2010

Description

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 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.



About the Author


Elizabeth Wurtzel graduated from Harvard College, where she received the 1986 Rolling Stone College Journalism award for essay writing. She was the popular-music critic for The New Yorker and New York magazine. Her articles have also appeared in Mademoiselle, Mirabella, Seventeen\ and The Oxford American. She lives in New York City.

Jody M. Roy is associate professor of speech communication at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and executive director of Students Talking About Respect, Inc., a nonprofit educational initiative dedicated to preventing hatred and violence among youth.


NPR
Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010

By 16, Frank Meeink had become one of the most well-known skinhead gang leaders on the East Coast. His defection from the white supremacy movement is the subject of his memoir, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead. More at NPR.org

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