What are the best books on cults and cult life? In this must-read list, you’ll find several true stories about cults – all over the world. Read along…

An overview of the ten best books about cults

Here you will find a list of the ten best books about cults. We start our recommendations with the top 10 best books about Cults of all time. This list has been updated this year, including all the recent titles.

Best Books About CultsAuthor
Nine Perfect StrangersLiane Moriarty’s
The GirlsEmma Cline
Helter SkelterVincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
The FollowersRebecca Wait’s
Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My LifeSarah Edmondson
The Great BelieversRebecca Makkai
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese PsycheHaruki Murakami
Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get OutRick Alan Ross
The LeftoversTom Perrotta
Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren JeffsRachel Jeffs’s

The updated top 10 list: the best books about cults and cult life

Find It Quick Handbook on Cults and New Religions

This handbook will give you an insight in 40 of the groups (cults and new religions) that are still active in the world today. Learning about the things that are out there and its good and bad characteristics, can prepare us for the problems they may cause.

Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out

A cult operates in a certain way that can be hard to notice as an outsider. This book informs you of the strategies they use and how you can recover from being in a cult.

Cults Uncovered: True Stories of Mind Control and Murder

Large events by cults form the basis of the stories in this book. They look at the why and how of cults in detail. Charles Manson, Waco, Rajneeshpuram are some examples that are discussed in this book.

The Kingdom of the Cults: The Definitive Work on the Subject

This is a book for Christians who want to know what cults and world religions exist.

Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more

If you want clarity on the subject of secret societies (like the Chauffeurs who operated in France), or like to know more of cults and conspiracies, then this is your book. Some of the most well-known, but also lesser known facts are given.

Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry

Some leaders of the world seem to think (or have thought in the past) that controlling the minds of a human will eventually lead to total control over those people. If you are able to do that, you can do anything you want. There might be a link between politics and cults, as this book will show you.

Cult A Love Story: Ten Years Inside a Canadian Cult and the Subsequent Long Road of Recovery

You probably won’t know when you are groomed to be in a cult. The whole point is getting control of you without any resistance and having total power over you. This memoir by Alexandra Amor shares her life story from the time she spent in a Canadian cult and how she escaped and healed from it.

On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods (Science and Cultural Theory)

This book continues where ‘We Have Never Been Modern’ by Bruna Latour left off. It’s about truth, belief, fetishes and factishes.

Born into the Children of God: My life in a religious sex cult and my struggle for survival on the outside

The writer of this book, Natacha Torney, was born in a cult. After escaping the religious movement ‘The Children of God’ at the age of 18, she writes about her experiences of discovering a world she never knew of and the role she can play in it.

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties

Dianne Lake was one of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ when she was only fourteen. She spent two years of her life with Charles Manson, but luckily she was never involved in any of the crimes that were committed. Her life then took a turn when she was arrested. We like this book, because it shows you can overcome cruelty and, with a little help from others, decide to join the good side.

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