Cults: Inside the World’s Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them

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From Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s epic fall from grace to the tragic end faced by David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, //Cults: Inside the World’s Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them// offers an unblinking look at the dynamics of unchecked power and exploitative tendencies among leaders who reveled in adulation and knowingly abused their gifts. Based on the hit podcast of the same title, Parcast founder Max Cutler partnered with seasoned writer Kevin Conley to tell the deranged histories of ten enigmatic personalities. The authors reanimate the conditions that sustained the loyalty and commitment of devout followers, often to horrendous ends.

Cults is a must-read book for anyone interested in the pop psychology of cult figures and devoted Parcast fans. Although the podcast universe continues to expand, few pod studios approach the reach and influence of Parcast. One does not need prior knowledge about any of the groups discussed in the book, as Cutler and Conley developed an engaging and cohesive narrative about each cult leader and their disciples. The writing parallels the tone and pace of the podcast series, highlighting significant bizarre and disturbing episodes in the history of cults. In book form, more details are provided about the unthinkable lives and infamous legacies of the most notorious personalities.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Gallery Books
Publish Date 12-Jul-2022
ISBN 9781982133542 Buy this Book
Issue October 2022
Category History