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With unprecedented access to former Aum members, Lifton has produced a pathbreaking study of the inner life of a millennial cult. ...
With unprecedented access to former Aum members, Lifton has produced a pathbreaking study of the inner life of a millennial cult. He shows how Aum's guru created a religion from a global stew of new age thinking, ancient rituals, and science fiction, then recruited scientists to produce weapons of mass destruction. Also taking stock of Charles Manson, Heaven's Gate, and the Oklahoma City bombers, Lifton confronts the frightening possibility of a twenty-first century in which cults and terrorists are able to bring about their own holocausts.
—Anthony Day, Los Angeles Times
"A fascinating (if frightening) investigation...valuable...ingenious."
—Daniel Berger, The Philadelphia Inquirer
|Introduction: Ends and Beginnings||3|
|1||The Guru and His Cult||11|
|2||Imagining the End||44|
|3||Forcing the End||59|
|4||Clones of the Guru||89|
|5||The Ecstatic Science||115|
|6||Killing to Heal||136|
|8||Ultimate Weapons, Ultimate Attraction||179|
|9||Crossing the Threshold||202|
|11||A Japanese Phenomenon?||232|
|12||Forcing the End, American Style||271|