Them: Adventures with Extremists

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 28, 2011 - Political Science - 336 pages
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 deep and fascinating 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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Aother great Jon Ronson book

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Jon Ronson writes a wonderfully funny and perfectly sober description of the various lives views and idiosyncrasies of numerous fringe elements of society. From Alex Jones to the KKK to the ADL to an ... Read full review

THEM: Adventures with Extremists

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A picaresque journey into the wonderland of delusional fanatics, often scary, yet wildly funny.Ronson, a British journalist and documentary filmmaker (Channel 4's The Secret Rulers of the World ... Read full review

Selected pages


A SemiDetached Ayatollah 2 Running Through Cornfields
The Secret Rulers of the World
Bilderberg Sets a Trap
The Middlemen in New York
There Are Lizards and There Are Lizards
The Klansman Who Wont Use the NWord
Living a Diamond Life in a Rocky World
Dr Paisley I Presume 11 Ceau’escus Shoes
The Way Things Are Done
The Clearing in the Forest

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Jon Ronson is a documentary filmmaker and the author of Them: Adventures with Extremists. He lives in London.

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