Them by Jon Ronson
Adventures With Extremists

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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?
 

About Jon Ronson

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Jon Ronson’s works include The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones, and Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats—both international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare at Goats was as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London.
 
Published June 28, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 338 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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From his wanderings among extremists, Ronson learns that their most consistent belief is that the world is run by a cabal of international financiers and politicians, mostly Jews, known as the Bilderberg group, who periodically gather in a secret room to determine the planet’s fate.

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The New York Times

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These are the kinds of uncomfortable questions Jon Ronson raises in his often entertaining, more often disturbing, book ''Them.'' Ronson, a writer and documentary filmmaker in Britain, insinuated himself into the homes and graces of a variety of conspiracy theorists and ''extremists,'' whom he de...

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The Guardian

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Them: Adventures with Extremists Jon Ronson 352pp, Picador, £16.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL There is a version of history that holds that the world is secretly run by a shadowy cabal of predominantly Jewish international financiers and politicians who meet several times a year to decide...

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The Guardian

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Them: Adventures with Extremists Jon Ronson Picador £16, pp337 Buy it at a discount at BOL Ever since he appeared at a press conference in 1991, dressed in a turquoise shell suit announcing that he was on a mission to save the world from destruction, the popular view of David Icke is that he is ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Once viewed up close through Ronson's light, ironic point of view, these "extremists" appear much less scary than their public images would suggest.

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Book Reporter

In general, THEM doesn't trouble itself with the roots of hatred --- such things are intractable --- but Ronson does stumble onto an interesting theory about prejudice towards Jews, one that I had never thought of before.

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Self-described "humorous journalist" and documentarian Jon Ronson shares David Sedaris' skill for sketching funny yet humane portraits of colorful misfits and documentarian Nick Broomfield's gift for playing the guileless innocent.

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