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12 Harrowing Books About Cults and Survival

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

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My Life in Orange

My Life in Orange

By Tim Guest

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The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

By Jeff Guinn

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

By Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones & Juliana Buhring

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

By Deborah Layton

Buried Secrets

Buried Secrets

By Edward Humes

The Manson Women and Me

The Manson Women and Me

By Nikki Meredith

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

By Lawrence Wright

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

By Jenna Miscavige Hill

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

By Rachel Jeffs

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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

By Jon Krakauer

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Escape: A Memoir

By Carolyn Jessop

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Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

By Haruki Murakami