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

Author: Robert Jay Lifton
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Shōkō Asahara; Shōkō Asahara
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Jay Lifton
ISBN: 0805052909 9780805052909
OCLC Number: 123126992
Description: 374 pages ; 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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Looks at Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that released sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subways, and examines the mind of the man behind the religion.  Read more...

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"Disturbing...sounds somber warning bells." --Anthony Day, "Los Angeles Times""A fascinating (if frightening) investigation...valuable...ingenious."--Daniel Berger, "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

 
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