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Destroying the world to save it : Aum Shinrikyo, apocalyptic violence, and the the new global terrorism

Author: Robert Jay Lifton
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"With unusual access to former Aum members, Lifton has produced a study of the inner life of a modern millennial cult, offering a subtle portrait of how guru and disciples reinforce each other's wildest destructive fantasies. Lifton offers a sobering exploration of how Aum's guru, Shoko Asahara - charismatic leader, con man, madman - created a religion from a global stew of New Age thinking, ancient religious
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Named Person: Shōkō Asahara; Shōkō Asahara
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Jay Lifton
ISBN: 0805052909 9780805052909
OCLC Number: 179274001
Description: 374 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Ends and Beginnings --
1. The Guru and His Cult --
2. Imagining the End --
3. Forcing the End --
4. Clones of the Guru --
5. The Ecstatic Science --
6. Killing to Heal --
7. Megalomania --
8. Ultimate Weapons, Ultimate Attraction --
9. Crossing the Threshold --
10. Surviving Aum --
11. A Japanese Phenomenon? --
12. Forcing the End, American Style --
13. Inward Aum? --
14. American Apocalypse.
Responsibility: Robert Jay Lifton.

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"With unusual access to former Aum members, Lifton has produced a study of the inner life of a modern millennial cult, offering a subtle portrait of how guru and disciples reinforce each other's wildest destructive fantasies. Lifton offers a sobering exploration of how Aum's guru, Shoko Asahara - charismatic leader, con man, madman - created a religion from a global stew of New Age thinking, ancient religious practices, and apocalyptic science fiction; of how he recruited scientists as disciples and set them to producing the "poor man's atomic bomb" (chemical and biological weapons). Through Aum, Lifton explores a historically unprecedented phenomenon, a twenty-first century in which cults and terrorists may be able to create their own holocausts.".

"Taking stock as well of Charles Manson, the Heaven's Gate cult, and the Oklahoma City bombers, Lifton argues that Aum Shinrikyo was not just a "nightmare of Japanese religion," but a global nightmare that revealed a world unexpectedly at risk."--BOOK JACKET.

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