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The Mystery of
Fascism by David Ramsay Steele. Steele writes with nuance about the
largely forgotten story of how socialist militants became ardent
fascists and how closely related the two violently rival ideologies
remained. As he puts it at the end of his introduction:
Given what most people today think they know about Fascism,
this bare recital of facts is a mystery story. How can a movement which
epitomizes the extreme right be so strongly rooted in the extreme left?
What was going on in the minds of dedicated socialist militants to turn
them into equally dedicated Fascist militants?