Christian Picciolini

Christian Picciolini

Christian Picciolini
(Pronounced “Peach-oh-LEE-nee”)

Home: Chicago, IL USA
Twitter: @cpicciolini |
@FreeRadicalsOrg |


White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—and How I Got Out
(Hachette Books, 2018)

Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism (Hachette Books, February 2020)


Author – Breaking Hate and White American Youth
Founder – Free Radicals Project (
Counter Extremism Expert, Former Extremist

*Please note: I am no longer with the organization Life After Hate. I would prefer to focus on my current work with the Free Radicals Project.

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. Christian’s involvement in, and exit from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir White American Youth. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network, and has helped over 300 individuals leave hate behind. This work is spotlighted in his MSNBC documentary series Breaking Hate. His forthcoming book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, will be released on February 25, 2020.