American History X is a nuanced and believable exploration of the roots and manifestations of racism. This book does not lecture but nor does it pardon - it approaches its delicate subject matter with conviction, maturity and stark imagery. In searching out these manifestations is becomes a story of redemption. Written wil such powerful imagery, I found myself completely blown away while reading and realizing that the message of hate and how it affects generations is something so true and ingrained in our culture that it often defies logic. Yet it continues to grow.
Anyone who feels the need to venture outside of their comfort zone every once in a while shoul definitely read this book. But beware, there are some VERY graphic scenes.