Them: Adventures with Extremists
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... show more
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?
Publish date: January 7th 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Listened to in audio format. Jon Ronsen is a British Journalist/Documentary maker rather like Louis Theroux. In Them: Adventures with Extremists Jon investigates the KKK, David Icke and the shadowy Bildeberg group. This was a fascinating book, stamped with Jon's gently mocking style of writing...
My worryingly paradoxical thought process could be summarized thus: Thank God I don't believe in the secret rulers of the world. Imagine what the secret rulers of the world might do to me if I did!Ronson's own thought process, as he describes it about half way through the book, is how I felt at my m...
"In this eye-opening portrait of extremist groups--75 percent of which are located in this country--Jon Ronson takes readers inside the hearts and minds of people often summarily dismissed as kooks and crazies."Jon Ronson is not only a witty and talented writer, he's also a very brave man. The one t...
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I spent most of the last few series of “The Mark Thomas Product” wondering just how far he’s going to have to go before someone actually kills him. This book provokes the same reaction.The cover sums it up better than I can: “Is there really a secret room from which a tiny elite rules the world, and...