William Luther Pierce
William Luther Pierce III (11 September 1933 – 23 July 2002) was an American professor of physics, an aerospace researcher, and a White nationalist.
Pierce became an associate of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, and was later a co-leader of the National Youth Alliance, which split in association with a conflict with Willis Carto, with Pierce founding the National Alliance in 1974.
He created the religious philosophy of Cosmotheism.
Pierce was the author of the novels The Turner Diaries (1978) and Hunter (1989), under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald. The former has dubiously been alleged to have been one of the inspirations for crimes such as the murder of Alan Berg, the Oklahoma City bombing, and other crimes. Politically correct sources often cite dubious associations such as finding a copy of the book in the home of a criminal. Regarding Pierce's motive for writing the novels and creating various other controversies, some have seen them as ploys to gain widespread publicity, somewhat similar to publicity-gaining stunts used by Pierce's early associate George Lincoln Rockwell.