Them: Adventures with Extremists

Them: Adventures with Extremists

Jon Ronson / Sep 17, 2019

Them Adventures with Extremists From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So You ve Been Publicly Shamed A wide variety of extremist groups Islamic fundamentalists neo Nazis share

  • Title: Them: Adventures with Extremists
  • Author: Jon Ronson
  • ISBN: 9780743233217
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So You ve Been Publicly Shamed.A wide variety of extremist groups Islamic fundamentalists, neo Nazis share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room In Them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabledFrom the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So You ve Been Publicly Shamed.A wide variety of extremist groups Islamic fundamentalists, neo Nazis share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room In Them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabled secret room.As a journalist and a Jew, Ronson was often considered one of Them but he had no idea if their meetings actually took place Was he just not invited Them takes us across three continents and into the secret room Along the way he meets Omar Bakri Mohammed, considered one of the most dangerous men in Great Britain, PR savvy Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Thom Robb, and the survivors of Ruby Ridge He is chased by men in dark glasses and unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp In the forests of northern California he even witnesses CEOs and leading politicians like Dick Cheney and George Bush undertake a bizarre owl ritual.Ronson s investigations, by turns creepy and comical, reveal some alarming things about the looking glass world of us and them Them is a deep and fascinating look at the lives and minds of extremists Are the extremists onto something Or is Jon Ronson becoming one of them

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        Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker His work includes the international bestsellers Them Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.A contributor to The Guardian, Ronson is the author of the columns Human Zoo and Out of the Ordinary He writes and presents the BBC Radio 4 series, Jon Ronson OnFor Channel 4, Jon has made a number of films including the five part series Secret Rulers of the World and Tottenham Ayatollah His most recent documentaries are Reverend Death Channel 4 , Citizen Kubrick More4 and Robbie Williams and Jon Ronson Journey to the Other Side Radio 4 In the US, he is a contributor to Public Radio International s This American Life.


    1. What is the Bilderberg Group? Is it a self-interested but vaguely benevolent private club composed of international movers & shakers who come together annually to discuss "government and politics, finance, industry, labour, education and communications"? Or is it a nefarious group of power brokers and nation breakers - the Secret Rulers of the World?Who is David Icke? Goofy New Age conspiracy nut who believes our leaders actually belong to 1 of 16 sinister alien-reptile species? Or a misunde [...]

    2. This is real gonzo journalism, Jon got in there and got down and dirty and didn't always reveal that he was Jewish. (Most extremists and conspiracy theorists have a strong hatred and fear of Jews or 12' shape-shifting lizards - which are possibly the same thing). The book is a little uneven and some of his adventures are more interesting than others. I suspect some of his columns have been added in to pad out the book. What is quite interesting is that there is some truth in all the conspiracy t [...]

    3. An entertaining look at the world of people who believe that the world is run by a small group of evil people hidden away someplace. A lot of the people in the book come across like absurd wing-nuts, in a more lovable way than I imagine they are in real life. Of course my one problem is that this book doesn't even touch upon the real dangers facing the world. While the Bilderburg Group and crazy Owl / Druid sacrifices are being done by people like Kissinger and Bush, and yes some of them are in [...]

    4. So my Jon Ronson binge read carries on as they ae an easy and engaging read when you are busy. This volume, one of Jon's earlier books, sees him hanging out with various extremists. Is it anything new to read now? Not really. But at the time of publication it may have been. Now it is easily trumped by Louis Theroux documentaries and Will Storr's Heretics: Adventures With The Enemies Of Science. The book didn't alter any of my opinions at all. Conspiracy nuts are conspiracy nuts. But I did learn [...]

    5. This book was full of answers(1) to questions I can't bear to admit I've asked myself. Ronson interviews, hangs out, and even lightly conspires with different sectors of the population who see themselves as victims of 'Them'. The details of the world conspiracy differ. It depends whether you're a white supremacist, or an anti-semite against the world lizard conspiracy (yes, real lizards, not metaphorical lizards), or a survivalist Christian with white-supremacist ties. The divisions go on and on [...]

    6. I mean, duh, we all know the Bilderberg isn't running the world (as Wikileaks has proved by publishing their most boring meeting recordings ever), but then who is? Why is there no data of China's military spending? How come the average age in Russia is so much higher than the rest of the world? Is Glenn Beck a lizard? Who's controlling the chupacabra? Is Hollywood a Jewish conspiracy? Is that why Michael Bay keeps doing sequels? Is the Transformer actually a symbol of satanic worship? Is there w [...]

    7. This is a fabulous romp through various extremist groups. Ronson writes with flair about his encounters with various Islamic, right-wing, and left-wing whackos. The most humorous are his encounter with David Icke, the UFO conspiracist. David Icke thinks that the world has been taken over by shape-shifting reptilian aliens. The Anti-defamation League thought that it was code for Jews. Icke gets detained by Canadian border officials, when he tried to enter the country to attend a UFO conference. T [...]

    8. I don't know how you are keeping your head up in the cacophonous hell-vortex that is American politics in the year of our lord two thousand seventeen, but the way I am doing it is by getting all my news from one Wonkette, a gloriously foul-mouthed political site that brings an hourly dose of shrewd political analysis served up with a healthy patina of cursing and a fervent dedication to dick jokes. Here are a few recent favorites:Donald Trump’s Base Weak, Flaccid, Shriveled, If You Know What W [...]

    9. I really enjoyed The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, but sadly did not feel the same about Them. I thought the first chapter was funny, but it quickly went downhill from there. The connections felt forced and convoluted. Maybe I'm just not paranoid enough?

    10. Jon Ronson hangs out with various people who have one thing in common - they believe that the world is controlled by a shadowy cabal of powerful people (many of them Jews) who decide the fate of the world. According to this grand conspiracy theory, the "secret rulers" engineer the elections of heads of state, start and end wars, have people assassinated, etc.The title Them has a dual meaning. It refers to the people who believe in this world conspiracy and those who supposedly are its members. R [...]

    11. I truly enjoyed reading this book. I heard about it from Coast to Coast AM when Mr. Ronson was interviewed by George Noory. He described the incident from the book where he ended up at an extremist camp surrounded by Islamic extremists working toward the Islamification of Britain. When they discover he is Jewish the response is intriguing. The whole book is well worth a read. I still pick it up to read random chapters even now!

    12. "Them" consists of journalist Jon Ronson's encounters with extremists of various stripes - a British Muslim extremist, a KKK leader, several believers of complex conspiracies and others. I loved how a subject is treated with a deceptively light touch by Ronson. The book is certainly quite humorous in spots though there are also several uncomfortable, even tense sequences, especially when some of the extremists learn or suspect of the author's own Jewish heritage. Most of the extremists are egoti [...]

    13. Can I please have a half star system????? Or a 10 star system????? Yeah, I know. Then I'd have to back and re-rate every book I've rated and probably update all the reviews. It would be a hassle, but then I wouldn't have to struggle with some of these ratings.I'd give this one 2.5 stars. In most cases when I reach a 2 star rating it means I've pretty much decided I don't like the book, but it has something that requires I not give it the bottom of the well, 1 star. Maybe the prose has been good, [...]

    14. This was a good book to read at the end of 2016, a year in which previously outlandish and extreme views became mainstream (Brexit) and the role of facts in political discourse became hazy. Published back in 2001, it’s Ronson’s first book, and some of the chapters - particularly those researched and written before 9/11 - seem to come from a halcyon and innocent time. Imagine a time when Omar Bakri and Anjem Choudhary could be considered by anyone as nothing more than mischievous buffoons. Or [...]

    15. In Them, Jon Ronson’s second book, the author dives deep into the world of conspiracy theories and extremists. His subjects include Islamic fundamentalists, racist groups like the KKK and Aryan Nations, Bilderberg crusaders like Jim Tucker, paranoid talk radio personalities, and even a man convinced that the rulers of the world are truly giant lizards in disguiseE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.I thought Them was frequently clever and often ironic, but never laugh-out-loud funny. The book gets off to a ro [...]

    16. Very twisty book as the author spends time with a Muslim Extremist, Ruby Ridge survivors, at Waco, with Alex Jones, the Klan, Aryan Nation, the IRA, and a few others getting into their headspace & ideas. Some seem crazy, some crazy like a fox, but many share their own conspiracy theories with Ronson and he attempts to track down the secret room full of "rulers of the world" that quite a few of these groups fear. Read by the author on audio which I fully recommend.Side Note: This book was pub [...]

    17. I've read similar books to this one - Evan Wright's Hella Nation, Louis Theroux's The Call of the Weird. I notice Theroux's blurb is prominent on the cover, perhaps to pre-empt the obvious comparison. Theroux credits Ronson as an inspiration, which is a mixed blessing: he copied Ronson's schtick, yet ended up better known for it. Their subjects are the same: survivalists, conspiracy wonks, Neo-Nazis. Ronson goes a step further, spending over a year in the company of Islamic Extremist Omar Bakri, [...]

    18. Jon Ronson has the most lovely written style. He is one of just a handful of writers I am aware of who knows how to be sly. He achieves his considerable results by underplaying, understating, and refusing always the easy option of mockery or condemnation. His subjects are some of the most colourfully insane characters you will ever read in fiction - except that they are, almost unbelievably, real. This book is a marvel, an eye-opener, an education. And he contrives to be funny, without really ev [...]

    19. Listened to in audio format.Jon Ronsen is a British Journalist/Documentary maker rather like Louis Theroux.In Them: Adventures with Extremists Jon investigates the KKK, David Icke and the shadowy Bilderberg group. This was a fascinating book, stamped with Jon's gently mocking style of writing.We meet the Grand Wizard of the KKK will not let his members say the N word or wear the hood or robes during meetings. David Icke who was humiliated on the Terry Wogan chat show for claiming the royal famil [...]

    20. I read this when it was first published in 2001 (I was 17) and thought it was fantastic. Reading it again in 2009 (aged 25), I feel a little bit different. On one hand, Jon Ronson is a very good writer; his style is simultaneously hilarious and poignant, and he lampoons his subjects in an affectionate matter while making some very salient points about the dangers of both paranoia and complacency. On the other, I feel that some of the topics covered don't sit very well with the generally humorous [...]

    21. Fascinating, and weird. I loved it. I had never heard of most of the 'new world order' conspiracy stuff (or of any of these people, except Randy Weaver), and I really appreciated how the author avoided making any of his own judgments about the people he was writing about/interviewing - there's a lot of 'then this happened, and then this person said this' and I found that much more effective in highlighting the craziness than sensationalizing it and putting his own spin on it would have been (and [...]

    22. Again @jonronson proves why he's one of my favorite writers. THEM is a fascinating journey in conspiracies--what is real and what is fantasy--and the people who believe them. Of all his books this is most draining. The dogma that the people featured in the book is depressing. It is mentality taxing to wrap your head around belief systems that more complex than the simple truth in most cases.

    23. This is ultimately a rather disappointing book. My review comes after a second reading a decade and a half from its first reading. The first third was better than I remembered and the last two thirds much worse.Taken together, it is a series of picaresque adventures by a rather slippery Jewish journalist dealing with 'extremists' who are treated comically, albeit at times with grudging respect. There is no analysis, no context, just entertaining vignettes with, admittedly, a few laugh-out-loud m [...]

    24. My Jon Ronson journey began with one of his more recent books, So You’ve Been Publically Shamed. An eye opening look into the lives of those who have suffered major internet backlash, So You’ve Been Publically Shamed became an instant favorite. He managed to turn internet pariahs into real human beings, removing the computer screen and reminding readers that anyone can make a simple mistake. Unfortunately for those of us who make mistakes on a public forum like the internet, the repercussion [...]

    25. I went straight onto 'Them' having torn through Ronson's brilliant 'The Psychopath Test' and I wish, in a way, I'd read them in the opposite order. This is without doubt a really interesting, and funny book - but it doesn't have the same gut impact of the other title.Don't get me wrong, Ronson manages once again to portray remarkable people with the same kind of slightly suspect innocence that Louis Theroux uses on TV - so we meet everyone from an Islamic extremist to Ian Paisley, via David Icke [...]

    26. Every year I venture across the continent to visit friends on either coast. The Bay area holding the largest concentration of old friends dating back to public school, I most commonly travel to California, staying with Tom Miley and family in SanFrancisco and with his brother, Michael, in Sonoma. Travelling light, I bring along one book for the flight in, intending it as a gift for one of these hosts, purchase one or more books for the flight out, and confine myself to reading their books while [...]

    27. I heard about this book on an episode of This American Life and I thought I'd give it a try.This book is interesting to say the least.It reads like fiction, and the ideas put forward are so ridiculous that you can't help but think that it is, indeed, fiction.First off, the author is a Jew. Not such a big deal until you discover that he hangs out with the Ku Klux Clan, Neo-Nazis, and goes to a Jihad training camp, just to name a few.It is eye opening to see that the people that Ronson writes abou [...]

    28. I like finding a good "journalist goes out in the world to do some good" story, and Them satisfied my desire completely. While he's busy writing and recording everything he can about the extremists he's studying, Ronson also manages to do something I find relatively unique. Or rather, he manages not to do something; he doesn't judge them. At least, he doesn't do it when you're looking.These people might be wacko, they might be sane, they might be evil, they might be good, but they are people, an [...]

    29. My god, Jon Ronson is so fucking hilarious. I've yet to run into a book by him, and not laugh almost consistently throughout. His ability to write dialogue is the best I've ever seen from a nonfiction writer, and it's so simple when you look at it. It's PERFECT though.I can't recommend experiencing his books through audio enough either. He narrates his own books and does an absolutely superb job each time.

    30. I was a little worried that this book, written in the late nineties and published in 2002, would no longer be relevant. I was wrong. The chapters on Ruby Ridge and Waco in particular provide valuable context on why things are the way they are today. Every chapter is infused with Ronson's inimitable journalistic perspective and dry wit. Listen to the audio book with his narration -- you won't be sorry.

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