Them: Adventures with Extremists

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Guardian journalist Jon Ronson's Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room.

In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon 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.

Them is a fascinating and entertaining exploration of extremism, in which Jon learns some alarming things about the looking-glass world of 'them' and 'us'. Are the extremists on to something? Or has Jon become one of them?

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

About Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists. His first fictional screenplay, Frank, co-written with Peter Straughan, starred Michael Fassbender. He lives in London and New York City.

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Books by Jon Ronson

Lost at Sea
Lost at Sea
So You've  Been Publicly Shamed
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie
Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie
The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Men Who Stare At Goats
What I Do
What I Do
Out of the Ordinary
Out of the Ordinary