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Them: Adventures with Extremists
Them: Adventures with Extremists: Picador Classic | Jon Ronson
With an introduction by Russell Brand What if a tiny, shadow elite rule the world from a secret room? 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. What if a tiny, shadow elite rule the world from a secret room? In Them Jon Ronson sets out to find this room, with the help of the extremists - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - that believe in it. Along the way, he is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and witnesses international CEOs and politicians participate in a bizarre pagan ritual in the forests of northern California. A Sunday Times bestseller and the book that launched Jon Ronson's inimitable career, Them is an eye-opening, outrageously funny exploration of extremism, which makes both author and reader think twice about the looking-glass world of 'us' and 'them' . . .
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As the morning commute begins I'm going to delve into this treasure and hope I haven't got my hopes up too high....

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This book had really interesting and sometimes really disturbing content. I just need to stop listening to Ronson on audio because his reading style doesn‘t suit his writing style (for me). I feel mean saying that because I‘m sure he‘s a lovely man!

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Knitting and audiobook time! #24in48 #notgoingtomake24butstillgoinganyway

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After reading the eclectic lost at sea I found this book a tough ride at first. The first chapters were quite brutal in tone, but after keeping going with it there is plenty to like here. Jon always seems to be able to show the best and worst of his subjects and boy there are some subjects here! David Icke and KKK members are some of many people in this book. If you dig his style or if you like Louis Theroux then this is a book for you 😁

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Jon Ronson and Louis Theroux remind me a lot of each other, as they both have neat accents and both like studying people on the fringe. I think Jon Ronson is a bit scarier to listen to, as he puts himself in some pretty dangerous situations to get a story. In this, he interviews a head KKK leader, and a jihad member, among others. Interesting, but a bit scary to hear how some of these guys think. I think Ronson is a bit edgier in his interviews.

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Very twisty book as the author spends time with a Muslim Extremist, Ruby Ridge survivors, at Waco, with Alex Jones, the Klan, Aryan Nation, the IRA, and a few others getting into their headspace & ideas. Some seem crazy, some crazy like a fox, but many share their own conspiracy theories with Ronson and he attempts to track down the secret room full of "rulers of the world" that quite a few of these groups fear. Read by the author on audio. ?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This book was published not long before 9/11, I often found myself wondered as I listened to it if his focus would have been different or if he would have even attempted this after 9/11. 3y
KVanRead Interesting! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KVanRead It was exactly that....very interesting! 3y
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After a few chapters with various White Supremacist groups... this is the part I'm going to share about a cross "lighting". All were disturbing in their own way, but this odd moment made me laugh anyway, and I think it's worth remembering that even the groups you think of with fear are just humans, have the same goofy human shortcomings and conversations, plus if you can laugh about something it loses some of its intrinsic oppressiveness.

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Well that can't go well....can it?

I'd say he'd find nothing, but the last time he tried to track down a secret group meeting once a year, he actually found a secret meeting there.

*Plus...don't some of these theories sound an awful lot like the conspiracies that just went around the last election cycle (15+ yrs after this was written). Leave free trade agreements, secret Clinton sex ring in the basement of a pizza place, etc

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This book is so twisty and convoluted, and most bizarrely true. The author is traveling around with "extremists" of multiple beliefs and finding that although some of them are crazy, some of them are not completely wrong, as crazy as that sounds. I can't wait to see how he resolves all this, even just for himself & I'm finding myself very glad he took this journey pre 9/11, because I'm not sure that any journalist would have attempted it after.

Louise Sounds very interesting! We often don't realize just how many extreme viewpoints surround us daily. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Louise Yes, it is so interesting. He starts out with a Muslim extremist in the U.K., then with surviving family members from Ruby Ridge in the US, visits the site of Waco, to Alex Jones of Info Wars, and now is onto people who believe that a secret cabal meets once a year and runs the world. Some sound completely bonkers, some seem to have valid points...and yet there is overlap among groups that shouldn't agree. Very twisty and I'm finding.... 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... it oddly intriguing just to get a peek into these very disparate thinkings. 3y
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Louise I'm so curious to read it! Paulo Coelho writes about secret societies too, albeit in a different context. His secret "spiritual guide", if I remember correctly, is a CEO somewhere in France. I've met people who believe in the "secret cabal". And really, who knows?! ????One thing I like to bear in mind is something that Elie Wiesel said when he spoke at my university many years ago: The greatest danger to world peace is fanaticism. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Louise That sounds interesting too....I've only read one of his before The Spy, it was very good. I have Wiesel on my to read list, but I agree and you were so lucky to hear him speak before he passed away. 3y
Louise With Coelho, I read all his books for a while; and then at some point, it felt as if he had become a parody of himself. I no longer enjoyed his writing or followed his posts on social media. With Wiesel, however, his speech was unforgettable. His presence in the room was so powerful--such humility, compassion, and intelligence! Yes, I was very lucky to experience that special evening! His writing is also deeply moving. (edited) 3y
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That's the plan anyway! Hahaha, which I always fail miserably at. 😂

Lots of good stuff coming up, and lots of comics, so looks like good summer reading to me. 🤞

#TBRTuesday

Riveted_Reader_Melissa And their pick for last month that I'm still in the library wait list for..... 3y
AThousandLives87 What's the Atwood book???!!!! 💚 3y
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AThousandLives87 Oh wow. They must have changed the cover from the copy I have. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa (edited) 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AThousandLives87 That's the cover that came up from Goodreads, my copy doesn't look like that either. 3y
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Finish one audiobook, time to pick another....have to have something to listen to in my car. This will be my second Jon Ronson on audio...his are always interesting and unique and this one sounds like it will break even that mold as he travels with and hangs out with different extremists (Them) to see what they think....and if the world is controlled by a secret cabal can he actually find it and expose it?

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This is a review of THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM by Jon Ronson, which isn't in the Litsy database yet. It's a short but scary read, since it was written before the 2016 US election. Ronson illuminates the influences of Alex Jones/Infowars, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort & Steve Bannon on the Republican candidacy. I learned a lot, but it was a painful read because he's fairly confident that Trump would not be elected.

8little_paws Yes!! I also read this post election and it is even scarier that way 3y
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The Stacks: Part 2, the audiobook addition!
Just because they are on audiobook, doesn't mean they don't stack up. Www.audible.com, I love your sales even when they make me feel like I'm failing behind! #augustofpages

UwannaPublishme 😄👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Sydsavvy SO TRUE!!!! 3y
Sweettartlaura I have an Audible "stack" too. It's amazing how we readers find ways to horde books, even digitally ? 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Sweettartlaura It's the new thing, the invisible stacks. 3y
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