Saturday, 27 December 2014

Them, Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson

"Yes,  Henrick had promised to leave the lizards out of the discussion, but these were desperate times, and they called for desperate measures."

My friend, Matt, introduced me to that fountain of delight which is the Kinokuniya bookstore in Sydney and it was in those luscious surrounds that I noticed this book winking temptingly with its heavily discounted price tag.

I had previously enjoyed Ronson's The Psychopath Test and was interested to explore his take on extremists.

This is a roller coaster ride that includes a KKK leader preoccupied with softening their media image, an Islamic extremist that collects funding in coca cola collection bottles whilst bemoaning the decadence of western society and a number of other interesting characters. 

The thread that joins most of the disparate characters is their conviction that the world is controlled by secret societies, one of which suggested that these masters of the universe were actually lizards... yes, you read that correctly.

An entertaining read that manages to make you laugh, while simultaneously making you just a tad scared. I'd certainly recommend it.

4 out of 5 secret societies rule the world over golf.

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