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Author Jon Ronson takes readers on an unusually spirited journey through the lives and experiences of some of the world's most hate-filled people in Them: Adventures with Extremists. Normally, hate mongers such as Omar Bakri Mohammed ("bin Laden's Man in England") and Thom Robb (grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan), among others, wouldn't warrant smiles. But the adventures Ronson shares with them are constantly amusing and often capture these characters in moments filled with surprising amounts of levity. Spending years of his life researching and traveling with the world's extremists, fundamentalists, white supremacists, and conspiracy theorists, Ronson hears tales of the suspicious Bilderberg Group, which is alleged to secretly manipulate all world events from a tiny, hidden room. Ronson joins in the search for these fabled Bilderbergers and finds more than he bargained for along the way.
Each character Ronson encounters adds more depth and insight to the conspiracy story, until Ronson is forced to risk everything for the answers his journalistic integrity (and readers!) demand. Who knew "the bad guys" could be so much fun? Bringing everything into proper perspective is a revised preface and first chapter, highlighting a final conversation Ronson shares with Omar Bakri after his post-9/11 arrest. (Eric Zeman) Eric Zeman lives in West Orange, New Jersey.