The Cult Files: True Stories from the Extreme Edges of Religious Belief

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Allen & Unwin, 2008 - Alternative lifestyles - 247 pages
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"Cult Following explores the history, features and beliefs of thirty cults through the ages. Riveting, sometimes amusing, often horrifying stories show the inside workings of these groups, and trace their historyand often their demise. The book includes the Aum Shinrikyo followers, who killed twelve people in a poison gas attack on the Tokyo subway; Scientology (now known for its celebrity followers), which was established in the 1950's by a science fiction writer; and the Peoples Temple, in which Jim Jones convinced hundreds of followers to commit suicide en masse. Discover the unbelievable power and wealth held by cult leaders, and the physical and mental authority they wield over their followers. The full story of some of these cults is told for the first time in this book."--Provided by publisher.
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Prophet of Profit
Enlightenment in Orange
The Roofs on Fire
Son of a Black
Engineering Armageddon
Copyright

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Tiffany Thayer was every bit as mysterious as his reputation. Both of the introductions to this edition provide insight and knowledge about him. He was married but had no children and left no heirs.

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