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Louis Theroux
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7 July 2006
For ten years Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them. Along the way Louis thinks about what drives him to spend so much time among weird people, and considers whether he's learned anything about himself in the course of ten years working with them. Has he manipulated the people he's interviewed, or have they manipulated him? From his Las Vegas base, Louis revisits the assorted dreamers and outlaws who have been his TV feeding ground. Attempting to understand a little about himself and the workings of his own mind, Louis considers questions such as: What is the difference between pathology and 'normal' weirdness? Is there something particularly weird about Americans? What does it mean to be weird, or 'to be yourself'? And do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us?

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (7 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330435701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330435703
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The original guru of American psychosis.' -- Times

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For ten years Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them. Along the way Louis thinks about what drives him to spend so much time among weird people, and considers whether he's learned anything about himself in the course of ten years working with them. Has he manipulated the people he's interviewed, or have they manipulated him? From his Las Vegas base, Louis revisits the assorted dreamers and outlaws who have been his TV feeding ground. Attempting to understand a little about himself and the workings of his own mind, Louis considers questions such as: What is the difference between pathology and 'normal' weirdness? Is there something particularly weird about Americans? What does it mean to be weird, or 'to be yourself'? And do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, light, educational, eye-opening 9 Nov 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is a really entertaining book, actually very funny at times - the bit with the alien medium was hilarious.
Theroux writes well - in a light and effortless to read style.
While it isn't too serious, he does pause to muse on the nature of weirdness, the origins of abnormal beliefs and behaviours in his subjects, and his own motivations for covering them. This is done without pretentious psychobabble.
The people covered are really fascinating and Theroux's interactions with them, as viewers of his TV series will know, are always revealing and amusing.
I really recommend this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut 17 Oct 2005
Format:Hardcover
The word 'debut' seems a little weird for Louis, after all, most of the people who pick up this book will be long familiar with Louis and his collection of mad hatters from across the pond. Settling down with Louis' journey feels like rekindling some long lost friendships. I was most interested to catch up with Hayley, who I am sure had a bit of a thing for Louis - who wouldn't? Not even Christine Hamilton was impervious. Louis writes as he talks: charming, self efacing and respectful of his interviewees despite them having some horrific views. Ah...with the exception of Marshall Sylver who was a bit of a scumbag anyway. More power to you Louis and don't let anyone call you a poor man's Jon Ronson.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "...shocked by their beliefs..." 29 May 2010
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
There are some weird people out there in USA land and Louis Theroux met them, filmed them, and then went back a few years later to see if they were still as weird as he thought they were. This is the book that records his second trip, sub-titled: Travels in American Sub-cultures.

It is a fairly depressing book, since most of them were sincere in their beliefs and, unhappily for them, remain so. UFO believers are only the least deranged. They are mostly happy in their beliefs, at least. Not so the Aryan Nation believers, a damagingly depressing lot, not least to themselves. There are scary parallels with the hip-hop crowd, who also seem stuck in a time warp. He talks to a woman who names her new baby Dresden, to commemorate, as she says, "the real holocaust", and whose twin pre-teen daughters have formed a band to sing at conventions and make CDs of vile Aryan supremacist anthems. And then there is Ike Turner. Any mention of Tina is met with stone-hard aggression - so not much change there then. Theroux follows up a porn star he once interviewed on-camera, JJ, who has since married and seems as though he would prefer to be left alone, but a con-merchant who promised to make people multi-millionaires is undergoing prosecution and refuses to so much as acknowledge Theroux.

Theroux admits that he found in himself "...a parallel between the seductions of the some of the strange worlds I was covering and my own journalism. In reporting these stories over the years, maintaining relationships...partly out of the vanity of wanting to generate `material' for a programme or a book, I realized I too had created a tiny off-beat subculture, with its own sincerity and its own evasions.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny and fascinating read! 11 Oct 2005
Format:Hardcover
I'm a bit of a fan of Louis Theroux's TV documentaries, but I came to this book not sure what to expect. Was it a travel book, a study in weirdness, a confessional, quirky, serious? But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how quickly I ploughed through it.
The title is a bit mis-leading - "travels through American sub-cultures" - as this isn't really a travel book but a study of ten characters who Louis has met over the course of his journalism.
Louis moves to America and spends almost a year on a kind of road trip seeking out his favourite "weird" subjects. A porn performer, an alien-hunter, a pimp(!), Ike Turner and some scarey racist neo-nazis to name just a few. The chapter I found most fascinating was one about a woman called April. She's a neo-nazi and has two young blonde twins who she trains to sing nazi songs.
Somehow the humanity of even the most reprehensible of these people shines through. And Louis obviously has quite a close, affectionate bond with a lot of these people.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to figure out what compels people to believe outlandish things or to choose bizarre modes of life. Keep an open mind, and you wil love this book as i did!
Am I the first person to read this??? BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As a Louis Theroux fan, I will try my best to give a honest non-biased opinion on this book.

Although before buying any book, I normally only read the negative reviews as I'm more interested in what is NOT good about a book I'm considering reading, I did gave this book 5 stars. I am an extremely picky reader who has a hard time finding a book decent enough to hold my attention - as well as this, it should be noted that the theme of the book is something i already have great interested in, so obviously that helped. If you're not interested in social insights, sub-cultures, even travel - then there probably isn't any point buying this book to be fair. Now, for those that are looking for this kind of book;

I found the book extremely easy to read, and highly addictive due to its segmented nature. Clear chapters on specific individuals representing a role model of a specific sub-culture; each of these chapters divided up into clear introduction/background, current progress and after thought sections. He writes in a well educated manner that not only makes reading it enjoyable, but also really helps the mind paint mental pictures of various scenes, people and places with great detail.

While traveling the USA to meet his topic characters, we have an insight into the surrounding society of various locations; towns, cities and states. The book echoes the travel writing style once popularized so well by Louis father.

As well as these sides to the book, I found it interesting in an almost autobiographical sense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I prefer his TV programmes!
I thoroughly enjoy watching Louis Theroux's escapades on TV. I enjoy his humour and his no-holds barred style of interviewing, but I did not really enjoy this book as much as I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Ruth Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
I have always respected Louis Theroux, all of his work is brilliant. This book covers the weird people more in depth. Enjoyable and I found it funny too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josh Stables
4.0 out of 5 stars Louis Theroux
This book is a rate read, it revisits his earlier documentaries, delving further into the weirdos actual lives as peoples
Published 3 months ago by ONKY
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Typically Louis Theroux stories and style. Bought as a present and the recipient loved it. I wasn't disappointed when I got to read it myself too.
Published 3 months ago by Yvonne
1.0 out of 5 stars Money for nothing
In which Louis shamelessly cashes in on his TV series. A lot of it is recounting the TV series, then he meets up with them with inconsequential results, then, knowing he doesn't... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A really interesting read, my first experience of using a kindle product. Really easy to download on amazon. Can't wait to finish reading it.
Published 4 months ago by jody smith
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love watching Louis Theroux documentaries, you'll love this...
This was a pleasure to read from start to finish. Having watched all of Louis Theroux's documentaries, including some of the content covered inside this book, I was surprised at... Read more
Published 5 months ago by olliegrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures
An interesting follow up to the TV series, showing a good cross section of American weird cultures! A good read!
Published 5 months ago by Paul Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, informative insight into the lives of the 'quirky ones'
Just like the televised documentaries, this book holds the readers interest with it's interesting stories and characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Raman Gautam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I love Louis Theroux's style - I've watched all of the documentaries I can get my hands on.
This, then, is a great follow up - a visit back to some of the people featured in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve
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