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November 6, 2008

Alex Stein's Book on a Political Cult

"Inside Out tells a riveting story of life inside a fringe group of political activists, not unlike the SLA and others that emerged from the U.S. Left in the 1970s. With passion, insight, and wit, Stein unravels the mystery of this secretive cult called the O. – a tale made all the more real because of the author’s frankness about her own 10-year involvement with the group. The processes of induction and indoctrination, and the increasing devotion of O. members, who over time are exploited by a corrupt leader, come alive in absorbing detail. This book makes a significant contribution to the study of the social psychology of closed groups, as well as to our understanding of fanaticism and idealism gone astray – all subjects of compelling importance in this post-9/11 world."

Janja Lalich, Ph.D. Department of Sociology
California State University, Chico
Coauthor: Captive Hearts, Captive Minds and Cults in our Midst


If you would like a copy of the book or to contact the author the following is the link to her homepage