Tribespotting: Undercover Cult(ure) Stories

Tribespotting: Undercover Cult(ure) Stories

by Harmon Leon, Keith Knight

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Overview

Legendary infiltration journalist Harmon Leon has gone undercover again and returned with a new book. Gentleman cartoonist Keith Knight provides popular comics that enhance Leon's enlightening narrative.

"This book was eye-opening ..." –David Litt, author of NY Times bestseller Thanks, Obama

The United States is a divided country, where two disparate tribes fight to provoke, condemn, and defeat the other. In Tribespotting: Undercover Cult(ure) Stories, Harmon Leon dives directly into the eye of the tribal storm, drastically changing his look and attitude as he goes undercover in an exploration of tribal behavior and its many manifestations in modern culture.

Employing the same inimitable style that he honed while infiltrating extremist groups, Leon introduces readers to a series of vastly different tribes, including a gathering of five thousand assault weapons fanatics, a clan of white supremacists who recruit at Applebee’s, a church of hookers who walk the streets for Jesus, and a meeting of cult members who stare at their leader’s handsome face.

Some of these tribes engage in harmless, hobby-loving fellowship while others revolve around the adulation of charismatic celebrities. Some of these tribes strive to uplift the individual via religious enlightenment, and a few are actually full-blown cults. But at the root of all these different tribes lies the same psychological need—the desire to be around like-minded people.

With that in mind ... LET'S DO SOME TRIBESPOTTING!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946358219
Publisher: 39 West Press
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Harmon Leon is a journalist, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the author of seven previous books, including Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America, as well as The Harmon Chronicles and Republican Like Me, which both won Independent Publisher Awards for humor. Leon's writing can be found in Vice, The Nation, The Observer, Esquire, Ozy, National Geographic, The Guardian, Wired, and more. He has appeared on This American Life, The Howard Stern Show, Penn and Teller: Bullshit!, Last Call with Carson Daly, MSNBC, and the BBC and has performed his critically-acclaimed solo comedy shows at venues around the world, including The Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and Montreal's Just for Laughs. Leon is the producer of a recent Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the host of a popular podcast: Comedy History 101. Visit him online at www.harmonleon.com.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii


A GATHERING OF THE TRIBES
Machine Gun Shooters 5
Furries 12
Viral Video Fans 20
Drunk Santas 28


FOR CHRIST’S SAKE
Hookers for Jesus 39
Jump for Jesus 46
Body-slammin’ for Jesus 53


LIVE FOR FREE OR DIE HARD
Freegans 63
Squatters 68


SILLY, SILLY WHITE FOLKS
Fans of Jerry Springer 81
Tanning Addicts 88
White Supremacists 93


COMEDY TO THE RESCUE
Presidential Joke Writers 105
Cuban Comics 112
Christian Comics 117
Fans of “The Juice” 127


THEY JUST WANNA BE LOVED
Trophy Wife Hunters 141
Pickup Artists 152


THEIR TRIBES ARE CULTS
The Raëlians 163
Staring Cult 170


Afterword 181


Acknowledgments 183
Image Credits 185
About the Author 187

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