Like so many other things in today's society, racism, and especially racially motivated crimes, seem very distant to most of us. An occasional tasteless joke around the water cooler may be the closest 99% of us get to the terrifying world of the racist underground.
Many books have tried to reverse this ignorance, but many (if not most) have failed. The reason is simple: Hundreds of pages of text don't bring us any closer to the scenes of the crimes, or closer to the people who are either involved in the white supremist movement or who have been affected by it.
But "Blood in the Face" is different. It has graphics on almost every page, mostly White Aryan Resistance (WAR) propaganda posters, and less frequently photos of David Duke, Henry Ford, and other well-known racists and anti-Semites, threatening letters, etc. This is also a primary-source-laden text. This serves to hammer home the point that racism does not just exist in the Deep South. It is EVERYWHERE: South, North, East, West, and especially in the minds of those who perpetuate such garbage every day.
That said, this book is an INTRODUCTION to the culture of white supremacy. It dwells on the surface of the culture and selected individual organizations, occasionally delving into history. But it doesn't do a good job at all of providing a CONTEXT for the terrible things it describes. "Blood in the Face" is a solid introduction for those looking to learn more about racism and the white supremacy movement as a whole, but for discussions of individual people and groups, you must look elsewhere.