Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism – Amanda Montell

Language is a leader’s charisma. It’s what empowers them to create a mini universe – a system of values and truths – and then compel their followers to heed its rules. “Without language, there are no beliefs, ideology, or religion”, “these concepts require a language as a condition of their existence.” Without language, there are no “cults”.

This is one hell of a book! I really enjoyed and felt so fascinated by this book. The writing is compelling and enthralling, I couldn’t put it down.

The book is divided into six parts, the first covering the basics of the meaning of the word “cult” and the reason why the author choose to use “cultish” in this book. Then part two covers famous suicide cults, part three follows cults like Scientology and children of god, part four follows MLM – multi level marketing, part five “cult fitness” and part six social media gurus. Each part was amazing and I loved reading and learning more, about the particularities of each.

I found this book to be instructive and not as scary as I thought it might be so it was really great to have read it.

I am so glad to have picked this book up and it definitely became one of my favorite reads ever. I highly recommend.

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