Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

Amanda Montell

309 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

nonfiction history psychology sociology informative reflective medium-paced


The author of the widely praised Wordslut analyzes the social science of cult influence: how cultish groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power.What makes “cults” so intrigu...

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