Is there really a secret room from which a tiny elite rules the world, and if so, can it be found? Them: Adventures With Extremists is a romp into the heart of darkness involving twelve-foot lizard-men, PR-savvy Ku Klux Klansmen, Ian Paisley, Hollywood limousines, kidnapped sex slaves, David Icke, and Nicolae Ceausescu’s shoes. While Jon Ronson attempts to locate the secret room, he is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew at a Jihad training camp, and witnesses CEOs and leading politicians undertake a bizarre owl ritual in the forests of northern California. He also learns some alarming things about the looking-glass world of them and us. Are the extremists right? Or has he become one of Them?
Comments: This was certainly an interesting and enlightening read. From the dangerous to the harmless to the just plain wacky, Jon Ronson gives a humorous insight into those the world call ‘extremist’. By spending time with these people and quoting their own words and deeds, Jon shows that that not all ‘extremists’ are as extreme as they are portrayed, and sometimes those who do the accusing are, themselves, ‘extreme’. This book is definitely worth the read.
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