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Them: Adventures with Extremists

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Synopsis

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' . . .

In the media

A funny, superbly controlled account of Ronson's wanderings through the wonderland of fanaticism and delusion . . . The result is high comedy
New Statesman
Often entertaining, more often disturbing . . . Ronson has gotten closer to these people than any journalist I can think of
New York Times
The strength of Ronson's book is that it reminds us not only that extremists are weird but also that their fantasies take sustenance from the real world
Sunday Telegraph