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Captive : a mother's crusade to save her daughter from a terrifying cult

Author: Catherine Oxenberg; Natasha Stoynoff
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Gallery books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"In 2011, Catherine joined her daughter, India, at a leadership seminar for a new organization called NXIVM. Her twenty-year-old daughter was on the threshold of building a new company and they both thought this program might help her achieve her dream. But quickly, Catherine saw a sinister side to what appeared to be a self-help organization designed to help its clients become the best versions of themselves. One
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
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Oxenberg, Catherine, 1961-
Captive.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018043373
Named Person: Catherine Oxenberg; India Oxenberg
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Oxenberg; Natasha Stoynoff
ISBN: 9781982100650 1982100656
OCLC Number: 1023597693
Description: xxiv, 358 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: India and me : our search for meaning --
Part 1: Losing India. The guru and Gold Sash ; Love bombing and epiphanies ; The defiant ones ; The Great Oz has spoken ; Two roads diverged ; Sex, lies, and videotape ; Human pain and bliss --
Part 2: Saving India. Awakenings ; An intervention party ; Expians and exodus ; Gangsta moms ; Cue the flying monkeys ; The ring of fire ; Battle cry ; D-day or doomsday ; A passage to India ; Captured ; Persephone's dilemma.
Responsibility: Catherine Oxenberg with Natasha Stoynoff.

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"In 2011, Catherine joined her daughter, India, at a leadership seminar for a new organization called NXIVM. Her twenty-year-old daughter was on the threshold of building a new company and they both thought this program might help her achieve her dream. But quickly, Catherine saw a sinister side to what appeared to be a self-help organization designed to help its clients become the best versions of themselves. One of Dynasty's biggest stars lays bare a secretive organization that is holding her daughter hostage and details her mission to save her in this powerful depiction of a mother's love and determination"--Provided by publisher.

"In 2011, Catherine Oxenberg went to a Nxivm seminar with her oldest daughter. India, then twenty, was a novice entrepreneur on the verge of starting her own company; the timely Executive Success Programs promised to sharpen her business skills and give her an edge in the workforce. But what began as a simple mother-daughter bonding activity quickly turned into a mother's worst nightmare. On the surface, Nxivm appeared to be a standard self-help organization, encouraging its clients to become the best versions of themselves. But there was a much darker, nefarious purpose lurking behind the seminars and exercises. Catherine watched in horror as her beloved daughter fell further and further down the rabbit hole, falling under the spell of Nxivm's hypnotic leader, Keith Raniere. Despite Catherine's best efforts, India was drawn deeper into the society, eventually joining the elite, secret inner-circle section. This covert "sorority" was a barbaric system designed by Keith in which women seemed to become "slaves" overseen by "masters." These women were pressured to bend to Keith's every twisted whim. If they disobeyed, they could be punished and ordered to run forty miles a week. Keith insisted that they live off a starvation diet of five to eight hundred calories a day, and to show their allegiance, they were branded with Keith's initials upon joining. Catherine had to endure seeing her once-vibrant twenty-six-year-old daughter turn into what she saw as the unwitting victim of a depraved control maniac. In [this book], Catherine Oxenberg shares her harrowing personal experience and the lengths that a mother will go to save her child and bring Keith and his sinister organization down. Featuring the horrifying stories of members who have escaped, Oxenberg draws back the curtain on Nxivm's reprehensible activities and how they lured their victims in. Captive is a fascinating and terrifying journey into a dark and dangerous world."--Jacket.

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