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World Famous Cults and Fanatics

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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 May 14th 2014 by Robinson Publishing (first published January 1st 2004)
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Soukyan Blackwood
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The rest of this review, if needed is at [ NMR ]: First of all, let me stress, that the book is on sects, cults, and (mostly just) fanatics. Not, say, cultures, societies (e.g. Illuminati, Masons, etc.), even though they have been touched upon, and left me with a nasty taste of continuity lack. Second, authors took either lesser known stories, or those on which we have too much anecdotal facts. And third – the book seems to be concentrated on three spots on the whole wide Earth, somehow, thus le ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh

It was kinda nostalgic in that I would have read this when I was like 11, but this is nothing I'd recommend to anyone. It was ok. No Jonestown. Kinda weird to leave that out. I did learn about some new things, but I'm not exactly willing to trust this author's research or conclusions. He wavers between some token skepticism and gullibility.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion, true-crime
This wasn't what I expected. For some reason, I expected a book that was well-researched and comprehensively covered the topic, rather than essentially descriptions of some cults and people with religious delusions. The style reminded me of some of the Reader's Digest books I loved as a kid, e.g. Almanac of the Uncanny or Strange Stories, Amazing Facts.

There are no citations, so it's not possible to verify any of the information. The chapter ordering is strange and disjointed.

I'm sure some of t
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.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!

Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting overview over cults - mainly messianic ones - through the ages.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World Famous Cults and Fanatics
Jun 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Really interesting, brief history.
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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 ...more
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