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The Cult Files: True Stories from the Extreme Edges of Religious Belief [Paperback]

Chris Mikul
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15 Jun 2009
The Cult Files explores the history, features and beliefs of thirty cults through the ages. Riveting, sometimes amusing, often horrifying stories show the inside workings of these groups, and trace their history and often their demise. The book includes the Aum Shinrikyo followers, who killed twelve people in a poison gas attack on the Tokyo subway; Scientology (now known for its celebrity followers), which was established in the 1950s by a science fiction writer; and the People's Temple, in which Jim Jones convinced hundreds of followers to commit suicide en masse. Discover the unbelievable power and wealth held by cult leaders, and the physical and mental authority they wield over their followers. The full story of some of these cults is told for the first time in this book. Key points: each gripping story eight to ten pages in length and 17 accounts in total is easy to finish in one reading; here true crime meets history, combining two strong-selling categories.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pier 9, Murdoch Books; First edition (15 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174196041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741960419
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Mikul is a Sydney-based writer, book editor and publisher. His books include Bizarrism, a compilation of articles from his long-running magazine of the same name, TV Poems and Tales of the Macabre and Ordinary. He was one of the editors of Strewth!, an independent satirical magazine, and has been a regular guest on radio, talking about everything from eccentrics to streaking.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read but theres better 17 Feb 2011
Should be an eye opener for most but not for others who have read other books or watched any TV programs on cults. If you can pick the book up cheap enough or money is no object I'd say go for it, but otherwise I'd only recommend it if you find it at a knock down rate in a second hand book store.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 5 Aug 2010
By T. Misbach - Published on
The Cult Files is everything you would expect from a book with that title. It was creepy, detailed and all true. The book contains seventeen informative stories about cults. Not one detail is left out no matter how gruesome they may be. What was interesting about the Cult files is that it was surprisingly enjoyable. I prepared by making sure I was in a serious mood and ready for whatever happened in the book. Not only did it explain the cults, it explained all the people behind the cults. I understood the motives of the cult leaders more than I ever had before. Some of the cult stories consist of: The Manson Family-lead by song writer Charles Manson, The Ant Hill Kids led by Roch Theriault, and People's Temple led by Jim Jones. The book was incredibly accurate. I had no trouble following any of the stories. It gave dates, accurate numbers, and names that are not mentioned in other cult research.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for all the facts on cults.
3.0 out of 5 stars Short articles 17 Aug 2013
By G.J. Head - Published on
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This was an interesting read. A primer on a many cults you may have heard of - plus a few you may not have. Nothing really groundbreaking here. Fun read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good 16 Aug 2013
By Jim A. - Published on
I've read dozens of books on cults, including those that are featured in this book, and can only say that The Cult Files is not worth the paper on which it is printed. The author simply lifted the most superficial information from other sources and regurgitated it back in a total gloss-over style - it's completely void of details. In fact, were this a high school term paper and I a teacher, I'd be hard pressed to give it a D- at best. Unless you know absolutely nothing about cults, don't bother reading it. A waste of time and money.
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