Books About Cults And Extreme Beliefs

On this page: a personal selection of nonfiction books about cults, links to notable articles and podcast episodes about cults. 


This selection of nonfiction books about cults came on the heels of Wild Wild Country, a Netflix docuseries about the Rajneeshpuram commune that formed in early 1980s Oregon. I’ve always been cult-curious and there is a wealth of literature about cults and extreme beliefs that we can marvel at. Here are some of the best books on cults.


Must read books about cults

Breaking Free

Rachel Jeffs’s memoir follows her life growing up as the daughter of Warren Jeffs, the leader of a “radical splinter sect of the Mormon Church” and, in 2006, a member of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Rachel describes her traumatic childhood and chronicles her escape from polygamy and the group.


More books on cults

Cults Inside Out

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