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World Famous Cults and Fanatics
by Colin Wilson
Dangerous madmen or divinely inspired prophets? From murdering religious sects like the Assassins and the Thugs, to the orgies of the little known Khlysty and the self-mutilations of the Skloptzi; including modern day killers like the vicious Manson Family and the violent racism of the Ku Klux Klan - this book shows how cults and fanatics had such a powerful effect on the ...more
ebook, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Robinson Publishing
(first published January 1st 2004)
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Subject matter was interesting although not particularly well written. I was enjoying the chapter on Nicolae Ceaucescu when it suddenly ended and the next paragraph was about David Koresh, so there was some major problem when this book was being put together. On searching through the entire book, i was not too impressed to discover that the second half of the chapter was nowhere at all!
If it hadn't been written by Colin Wilson I wouldn't have chosen to read it, but it was interesting to find out about various people who've pretended to be Messiah's over time and be amazed at the things they've persuaded their followers to do. Colin's usual skeptical investigative style is always amusing to read, but there was too much mutilation, murder and real life horror for my liking.
Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...moreMore about Colin Wilson...