Them: Adventures with Extremists (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 28, 2011 - Political Science - 336 pages
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A wide variety of extremist groups -- Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis -- share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabled secret room.

As a journalist and a Jew, Ronson was often considered one of "Them" but he had no idea if their meetings actually took place. Was he just not invited? Them takes us across three continents and into the secret room. Along the way he meets Omar Bakri Mohammed, considered one of the most dangerous men in Great Britain, PR-savvy Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Thom Robb, and the survivors of Ruby Ridge. He is chased by men in dark glasses and unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp. In the forests of northern California he even witnesses CEOs and leading politicians -- like Dick Cheney and George Bush -- undertake a bizarre owl ritual.

Ronson's investigations, by turns creepy and comical, reveal some alarming things about the looking-glass world of "us" and "them." Them is a deep and fascinating look at the lives and minds of extremists. Are the extremists onto something? Or is Jon Ronson becoming one of them?

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The writer gets caught up to easily with extremist. - Goodreads
Loved this insight into American subcultures - Goodreads
I love Jon's writing style. - Goodreads
Great amount of research, great presentation. - Goodreads
A great page turner, made me laugh at every turn. - Goodreads
So Jon Ronson is a great writer, and I enjoy his books. - Goodreads

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User Review  - MVV - Goodreads

Found this book laying around at the gym. Completely entertaining and educational at the same time. It is now obvious to me that government paranoia with terrorists and conspiracy nuts are simply different sides of the same coin - human nature. Read full review

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User Review  - Alexander Stanuga - Goodreads

A hilarious journey into the mindset of both global politics and fundamentalism. Written before the collapse of the Twin Towers in 2001, I wonder if Ron would have had access to as many of the figures that feature in this book today. Well worth the read. Read full review


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About the author (2011)

Jon Ronson is a documentary filmmaker and the author of Them: Adventures with Extremists. He lives in London.

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