One of the most important books of the white supremacist movement, and perhaps one of the most despised books since Mein Kampf, The Turner Diaries is about a group of white supremacists who are fighting a guerrilla war against the US government in a dystopian era where, controlled by the Israeli Zionists and using the blacks as shock troops, the government terrorizes the public into supporting the "mongrelization" of the white race.Written by William Luther Pierce, founder of massive white nationalist group National Alliance, who credited himself as Andrew Macdonald. He also wrote Hunter under the same penname.Arguably influenced the Northwest Front series of books, which is also a white nationalist revolution book.
Artistic License - Law: The Cohen Act that bans all private ownership of guns would never pass in any US legal body with half a skull for starters.
Artistic License - Military: Apparently, we are supposed to believe that the US Army would allow military discipline to sink below Vietnam War levels at their worst and be utterly incompetent at stopping a right wing terrorist group from getting their hands on nuclear launch control codes and working nukes.
Corrupt Bureaucrat: The Organization manages to get around a number of regulations through bribery and under-the-table deals.
Cosy Catastrophe: The climax of the book involves a literal nuclear war where hundreds of nukes are launched and dozens of cities are completely destroyed by megaton nuclear weapons and yet there's absolutely no mention of the nuclear winter that surely must have occurred. In the epilogue it's revealed the Organization again uses a large amount of nukes and biological weapons against the Chinese army and causes massive swaths of land in Asia to be uninhabitable but none of the fallout or biological weapons seem to blow back onto the Organization.
Crapsaccharine World: The US at the start of the book; Guns have just been outlawed, second amendment be damned, the government has begun behaving like a second Gestapo, and whites are finding their dominion threatened by Jews and minorities. This changes to straight up Crapsack World after the "heroes" begin their genocide, and goes downhill from there until it reaches Crapsaccharine World again after all non-whites and "race traitors" in the entire world have been murdered leaving the handful of psychotic neo-nazi survivors in control of the planet in a new third reich.
Designated Love Interest: Earl and Catherine full stop. Earl doesn't really talk much about Catherine until he walks in on her in the shower and they immediately wind up having sex for no real reason. Their relationship doesn't really evolve much from that despite the author constantly saying they "love" each other.
Easy Logistics: The entire logistics of the Organization make it clear the author didn't even bother making anything believable or even make any lick of sense. At the beginning of the book the Organization is quoted as having under 2,000 members and yet somehow has undercover operatives and spies in almost every level of local, state, and federal government in addition to actual armed militia groups. The group somehow devises a scheme that can root out government infiltrators, traitors or saboteurs that is 100% effective and yet the government itself is infiltrated constantly. The biggest problem comes at a turning point in the book during the Battle of Los Angeles when the racist Organization somehow takes over all of Southern California using only 500 lightly armed Organization members. Let me repeat that, an organization made up of 500 people somehow takes over an area with roughly 15 million people. In opposition to them are over 10,000 members of the LAPD who are pointed out as haven't been infiltrated at all by the organization, and over 50,000 National Guard troops stationed all over Los Angeles in a preventive measure against terrorism, and that's just forces that are confirmed to be 100% loyal to the United States. It's stated in the book that the LAPD is able to launch 300 police officer raids of Organization compounds with relative impunity for most of the battle in addition to whatever tanks, helicopters and other military vehicles the National Guard are confirmed to have at their disposal. All of these numbers are directly stated in the books and despite the sheer advantage in numbers and equipment the police and guard have the Organization inconceivably rolls right over them.
Feeling Oppressed By Their Existence: At the end of the book, the Aryan race is finally "liberated" as the protagonists let atomic, biological and chemical bombs rain over the entire planet, exterminating about 90% of mankind.
Final Solution: The Organization plans to wipe out all Jews and non-whites (except maybe Arabs).
Heroic Sacrifice: For a given value of "heroic", Earl gives his life to destroy the Pentagon and save the Order.
Heteronormative Crusader: The book uses public acceptance of fetishism, sadomasochism and homosexuality as an example of why society is decadent and has to be destroyed.
Hit So Hard The Calendar Felt It: During the epilogue, it is explained that in 2000, they reset the years to coincide with the annihilation of all minority races in the country after the Organization took control and the white nationalist revolution worldwide
Hypocrite: In universe, the anti-racists use many of the exact same tactics as the racists, which is lampshaded. That said, the racists who do the lampshading do so through the lens of Protagonist-Centered Morality, since when they do it, they consider it justified and moral.
Also, some politicians and journalists who supported the Cohen Act failed to turn in their guns.
I'm a Humanitarian: At about the midpoint of the book, food scarcity has gotten so bad the protagonist notes black people have resorted to cannibalism.
The entire ending reaches an absolute wall-banging levels of insane troll logic that had to be read to be believed. The Organization has heard info that the United States is about to nuke the Organization's enclave in Southern California in response to their own nukings of Miami and Charleston using suitcase nukes. In order to prevent this from happening the Organization decide to fire off their own ballistic nukes from their only missile silos at Vandenberg at targets at both New York City for revenge but also at the Soviet Union to force a counter response. The first thing wrong with this is that in order to prevent their own imminent nuking they decide to launch nukes at the United States which is obviously just going to bring an earlier retaliatory strike and doesn't do anything to prevent the launches anyway. They decide that if they were to nuke the Soviet Union too they would force a Soviet response in kind and damage the United States itself via the Soviet retaliatory strike. Now where it goes off the wall is that the Organization phones the Pentagon after the launches and tells them that the only way they can get out of this is by themselves joining the nuclear strike on the Soviets to destroy the Soviet missiles before they're able to launch in response. The massive problem with this is that the Organization has already nuked two American cities and released a proclamation stating their end goal is to kill off all non-whites on the planet Earth. The United States could easily have contacted the Soviets and told them that the missiles were launched by the Organization and not themselves and the Soviets could have seen that the missile launches were coming from Organization territory and might prevent a Soviet retaliatory attack on the United States itself. Even if the Soviets still nuke in response at least the United States has a clear and justifiable reason to nuke the Organization to glass later and get world sympathy. Instead the United States somehow decide that going along with the Organization is the perfect plan and start launching nukes at the Soviets. Despite the surprise enough Soviet nukes get through to destroy twenty major American cities and kill sixty million Americans instantly. Now at least you can reason that since it's the end of the world and all that at least the Organization is now a flaming wreck too since they started the nuclear exchange in the first place right? WRONG, THE UNITED STATES ONLY FIRES A SINGLE NUCLEAR WARHEAD AT CALIFORNIA AND IT DESTROYS THE NOW EMPTY ORGANIZATION MISSILE SILOS. AT NO POINT DURING THIS MASSIVE NUCLEAR EXCHANGE DOES THE UNITED STATES FINISH THE ORGANIZATION ONCE AND FOR ALL NOW THAT NUKES ARE FLYING ANYWAY. Somehow the Organization is able to prevent their California Enclave from getting nuked by launching nukes preemptively at the two countries with the largest nuclear stockpiles in the world and escape from it largely unscathed.
Irony: The concept of civil rights is brought up in relation to the ban on the private ownership of guns which, as the protagonist brings up, is at odds with the Constitution. Much of The Organization's actions could also be contested in exactly the same way.
By the end of the book, the Arabs are silently cheered on as they kill off the people of Israel, and are even regarded rather positively... by a team of white nationalist terrorists. In the real world, the book's author would later come rather close to praising al-Qaeda for the 9/11 attacks, which the Jew-loving U.S. deserved according to him.
The Nazis hated Slavs but liked East Asians. For the Organization and the Order (the Real Life organization inspired from this book), it's the opposite, which makes their deification of Adolf Hitler as "the great one" and their claim of being a direct heir to the SS all the more idiotic.
La Résistance: The Organization, who carry out a murderous campaign of terror to undermine the US government up to and including setting off nuclear weapons to destroy Baltimore, New York City, start a nuclear war against the Soviet Union and annihilate Israel, flying a plane loaded with a nuclear weapon on a suicide mission to destroy the Pentagon and then wiping out Toronto and covering all of Eurasia east of the Urals with biological and chemical weapons to wipe out the Chinese.
The Mafia: They get into fights with the Organization, because they are supposedly controlled by the Jews. After a time, all members of the Mafia are executed.
Moral Dissonance: Lots of it. For example, at one point an Israeli higher-up starts shooting up and massacring a random passing white family in a fit of rage - we're supposed to see it as a depraved crime, though at this point the Organization doesn't really care about deaths of random white people - who knows if they weren't another bunch fit only for extermination?
Mutually Assured Destruction: The author doesn't seem to understand the concept very well. Several times the Organization uses nuclear weapons on civilian targets and yet nobody thinks to use nuclear weapons to strike back at them despite the fact it's made abundantly clear that the organization is going to keep using them regardless. At the climax of the book the Organization forces both the United States and the Soviet Union to start launching nukes at each other and at no point does the United States think to just nuke the Organization's headquarters in Los Angeles since nukes are already flying anyway and MAD is already in progress. Gets rather ridiculous when 60 million Americans have perished and New York City and Baltimore have been wiped off the map due to Organization and Soviet nukes and yet the Organization still threatens to use nukes on the United States to get them to not nuke their headquarters despite the fact THEY ALREADY HAVE DONE SO MULTIPLE TIMES ALREADY AND ARE STILL USING THEM.
Nuke 'Em: Towards the end of the book, nukes are used with alarming frequency.
Plot Hole: Major Plot Hole - The author uses the passage of the Cohen act and subsequent seizure of arms from Americans as the reason why nobody gives the Organization any resistance when they begin to actually take and hold territory and persecute the people within. However the author makes it very clear early on that the arms seizures were aiming primarily at whites and minorities were largely exempt from the seizures due to political reasons. This makes the entire idea that the Organization is able to round up millions of people for execution when they only have a few dozen Organization members at most in each huge area performing the executions without any resistance extremely improbable if not downright impossible.
Pride Parade: The novel features a Pride Parade and make a note of how they are getting more inclusive over time, now extending to include fetishists and such. It serves as an example of how the Jews control the world and weaken the Pure Aryan Race through the power of perversion.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: The Organization uses many of the same tactics as their enemies. Of course, it's justified when they do it, but when their foes use those techniques, it shows how evil and depraved they are.
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: One of the few things the the book is relatively consistent on, and the text makes it clear that the crime itself, regardless of who it's inflicted on, is an especially depraved act.
Sophisticated as Hell: The protagonist whenever he gets philosophical. On occasion, he will stop to make a reflective comment about the situation, using extremely polished dialogue as if he were a college professor dictating a doctoral thesis. Once that's done, his professionality drops noticeably.
Straw Character: The book is not very consistent in its portrayals of this. Minorities are often subject to this by default, but an Israeli major who tortures the protagonist is depicted as well educated and extremely competent in his field.
Liberals are portrayed as being dupes or willing agents of the Jews, while conservatives and libertarians are portrayed as misguided and foolish.
Yellow Peril: Towards the end of the book, the Chinese attempt to conquer Eurasia.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When the Arab states commit genocide against Israel, the protagonists express admiration. Yet when the Organization unleashes their final wave of extermination of non-whites, the Arabs are implied to have been killed along with all other non-white races.