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Books About Cults


The Rise and Fall of Synanon (October 3, 2023)
A California Utopia

The Sullivanians (June 20th, 2023)
Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Commune

Hey, Hun (May 30th, 2023)
Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing

When the World Didn’t End (May 23rd, 2023)
A Memoir

Forager (March 7, 2023)
Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult

An Assassin in Utopia (Feb. 7th, 2023)
The True Story of a Nineteenth-Century Sex Cult and a President’s Murder

The Allure of Immortality (Feb. 7th, 2023)
An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet

Waco (Jan. 24th, 2023)
David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and A Legacy of Rage

Cult Trip (Nov. 3rd, 2022)
Inside the world of coercion and control

A Billion Years (Sept. 27th, 2022)
My Escape from a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology

Uncultured (September 20th, 2022)
A Memoir

Manhattan Cult Story (July 5th, 2022)
My Unbelievable True Story of Sex, Crimes, Chaos, and Survival

Sins of My Father (March 22nd, 2022)
A Daughter, a Cult, a Wild Unravelling


Combating Cult Mind Control
The Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery from Destructive Cults

Cults Inside Out
How People Get In and Can Get Out

Terror, Love and Brainwashing
Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems

Take Back Your Life
Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships

The Guru Papers
Masks of Authoritarian Power

Cults in Our Midst
The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace


The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life

Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

Breaking Free
How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs

A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter from the Terrifying Cult Nxivm

Sex Cult Nun
Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult

Beyond Belief
My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

Seductive Poison
A Jonestown Survivor’s Story of Life and Death in the People’s Temple

Broken Faith
Inside One of America’s Most Dangerous Cults



The Language of Fanaticism

Inside the World’s Most Notorious Groups and Understanding the People Who Joined Them

Cult Trip
Inside the world of coercion and control

Dark Persuasion
A History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media