12 Harrowing Books About Cults and Survival

These true-life accounts are both heart-wrenching and powerful.

books about cults
Buy My Life in Orange at Amazon

My Life in Orange

By Tim Guest

Buy The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple at Amazon

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

By Jeff Guinn

Buy Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted at Amazon

Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted

By Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones & Juliana Buhring

Buy Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple at Amazon

Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple

By Deborah Layton

Buy Buried Secrets at Amazon

Buried Secrets

By Edward Humes

Buy The Manson Women and Me at Amazon

The Manson Women and Me

By Nikki Meredith

Buy Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief at Amazon

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

By Lawrence Wright

Buy Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape at Amazon

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

By Jenna Miscavige Hill

Buy Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs at Amazon

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

By Rachel Jeffs

Buy Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith at Amazon

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

By Jon Krakauer

Buy Escape: A Memoir at Amazon

Escape: A Memoir

By Carolyn Jessop

Buy Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche at Amazon

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

By Haruki Murakami