“Good but not as good as later work. Also his timing was unlucky as it deals with a pre 9/11 world nut published right after.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Hair pulling. I got so frustrated reading this. HOW can people really believe these things! And how can they not? There are some crazy arguments that actually make an iota of sense; and others that are just crazy.”Terrie wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good but not as good as later work. Also his timing was unlucky as it deals with a pre 9/11 world nut published right after.”Unizen wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jon Ronson recounts time spent with extremists in this book. It's a humorous look at what drives these people with some interesting insight.”Melissa P wrote this review Monday, July 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Most of these people are delusional and harmless; it's the small minority that could possibly be on to something that really scares me.”
“A fascinating look at the lives of those called "extremists" by mainstream society. Ronson does a good job at demystifying these people, and at least entertaining the notion that in some strange way, these groups might actually have a point.”Raving Redcoat wrote this review Monday, July 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm having a hard time rating this one. The book itself is informative and written in a nice, conversational tone. The subjects range from insane and racist to eccentric and racist. I guess I liked the book but dislike the people interviewed. Which makes me like Jon Ronson more, because a lesser writer would have lost my interest over the racist fear-mongerers much earlier. ”EmilyBat wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was an interesting read. I'm not sure what I actually learned, except that crazy people are sometimes still nice people. ”Anjeanett Grant wrote this review Thursday, February 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Journalist Jon Ronson investigates various extremist groups and finds a common element - they all believe that a secret, select group of individuals meet periodically to choose world leaders, sway economic policy,and otherwise rule the world. To discover if this group does exist, Ronson meets with everyone from the Weaver family of Ruby Ridge fame, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who supports the Taliban from his home in England, to KKK Grand Wizard Thom Robb, and the even stranger David Ickes. To his surprise, not only does this group actually exist...but they grant him an interview...
As hard as it is to believe sometimes, the people Ronson interviews in this book are real! Ronson does a good job showing off the personalities of these characters so you can really get a sense of what they believe and how strongly they believe it. It was, at times, a bit redundant, but I suppose that is to be expected, considering how similar the belief systems these groups are. And his interview with the alleged "One World Government" group is hysterical.
This book wasn't life changing, but it was written with a humorous touch, so if you enjoy reading about conspiracy theories and the nuts that believe them, this could be the book for you.”
“This is my third Ronson book, having previously read Men who stare at goats, and the Psychopath test. Jon Ronson is both laugh out loud funny, and incredibly interesting, with an easy to read, but informative style. If you watch (and enjoy) Louis Theroux you should definitely read Jon Ronson. ”Jo wrote this review Saturday, September 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No