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Destroying the World to Save It Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism

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ISBN-10: 0805065113

ISBN-13: 9780805065114

Edition: 2000 (Revised)

Authors: Robert Jay Lifton

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National Book Award winner and renowned psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton reveals a world at risk from millennial cults intent on ending it all. Since the earliest moments of recorded history, prophets and gurus have foretold the world's end, but only in the nuclear age has it been possible for a megalomaniac guru with a world-ending vision to bring his prophecy to pass. Now Robert Jay Lifton offers a vivid and disturbing case in point in this chilling exploration of Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that released sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subways. With unprecedented access to former Aum members, Lifton has produced a pathbreaking study of the inner life of a modern millennial cult. He…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.86" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A distinguished professor of psychology & psychiatry at John Jay College & the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Robert Jay Lifton is the author of many important works, including "The Nazis Doctors," winner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, & "Death in Life," winner of a National Book Award.

Introduction: Ends and Beginnings
The Guru and His Cult
Imagining the End
Forcing the End
Clones of the Guru
The Ecstatic Science
Killing to Heal
Ultimate Weapons, Ultimate Attraction
Crossing the Threshold
Surviving Aum
A Japanese Phenomenon?
Forcing the End, American Style
Inward Aum?
American Apocalypse