But in reality, James Mason did not write the book, nor did he play the protagonist. The role was played by William Luther Pierce, a former college political science professor who later went to work for the FBI. But the character of Earl Turner was created by a man named Benjamin Smith. And the author of the book was fictional author Roger A. Moore. Moore was never identified as being the real author of the book. Nor was the writer when it was first published in 1978. And unlike Moore, the author of the novel was never identified as being the person who had written this book. It was widely believed that the author was a former college professor, who had worked in education, and was also a former FBI agent, who had been involved in interviewing prisoners during the 1975-76 period. In fact, the author was a 23-year-old college dropout named William Luther Pierce.
JANET WILSON: That's right. The Turner Diaries is so specific. And you just don't have a lot of other literature like that. So, the story is told with this ironic distance, right. And I think this is a result of the fact that the author is both the writer and the character. So he's stepping back, reflecting on this very violent revolution that he's organizing and that he's doing. And so, it's a bit like a kind of - you know, a kind of critical distance between us and them, the readers. So, I think this kind of distance is - makes this book just one that we never want to let go of.
LIMBONG: What's striking about the book is that the white nationalists were very interested in the Jewish influence on the federal government. And it's in these diaries that you get a sense of Earl Turner's hatred of Jews. This is what he wrote to his father just before he died of cancer:
LIMBONG: The language is very direct. You've got the diaries and the language that are very clearly written, and they're very specific. Turner imagines that he's writing in the future so that people will remember it in history books, as he sees it.
LIMBONG: And it should be read for what it is, but it's also for what it isn't. This is fiction, and in the end, it's just fiction, it's not a call to action. It's not a blueprint for a revolution. It's an indictment of a moment in time. In that sense, it's a critique of the past and the future. It's not a call to arms. The worst crimes of history - like the Holocaust - are being written out of the political narrative. The Turner Diaries exists in a vacuum because we don't need to read it to know it's a bad idea. 827ec27edc