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Them : adventures with extremists

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Ronson
ISBN: 9780743227070 0743227077 9780743233217 0743233212
OCLC Number: 47831472
Notes: Originally published: London : Picador, 2001.
Description: 330 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A semi-detached ayatollah --
Running through cornfields --
Secret rulers of the world --
Bilderberg sets a trap! --
Middlemen in New York --
There are lizards and there are lizards --
Klansman who won't use the n-word --
Hollywood --
Living a diamond life in a rocky world --
Dr. Paisley, I presume --
Ceausescu's shoes --
Way things are done --
Clearing in the forest.
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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 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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"Kirkus Reviews" (starred) A picaresque journey into the wonderland of delusional fanatics, often scary, yet wildly funny....Ronson's eye for the telling detail and his gift for capturing hilarious Read more...

 
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