Them: Adventures with Extremists

Them: Adventures with Extremists

by Jon Ronson Author

Jon Ronson is an inspiring reporter who, with the release of this 2002 book, proved the existence of the Bilderberg Group (a shadowy organization responsible for the selection and placement of every world leader up until that point) and Bohemian Grove (like Burning Man, but only for male Republicans). Ronson's book takes on newfound relevance today, as he infiltrates and has frank conversation with extreminists throughout the world. Whether discussing events like the FBI attack in Waco with the survivors of Ruby Ridge or being a Jewish reporter interviewing the leader of an Islamic fundamentalist terrorist cell, Ronson remains as funny as he is revealing.  

In today's political climate, I think we all point to the other side and otherize "them," but Ronson crosses the room and asks probing, honest, and revealing questions. Sometimes his biases are shown and prejudices proven wrong. Other times, we encounter Thorn Robb, the Grand Wizard of the Klu Klu Klan, to be an incredibly savvy marketer. But naturally, Ronson's real bread and butter is when he discovers that world leaders like Dick Cheney pee deep in the woods and participate in bizarre rituals with an owl.