In this bestselling take on human nature, language scholar Amanda Montell serves up a thought-provoking reinterpretation of the power of cults. If you get up at 5 a.m. to work out with your favorite trainer, for example, or stay late to please your visionary boss, you might belong to a cult, just not an extreme one. Montell acknowledges the wide gap between moving to Jonestown and sweating at the gym, but, she argues that the messaging, language and appeal of cult-like groups can cross all lines.
About the Author
Language scholar Amanda Montell also wrote Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. In 2021, she created and cohosted the podcast Sounds Like A Cult.
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