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Author Berman, Sarah, author.

Title Don't call It a cult : the shocking story of Keith Raniere and the women of NXIVM / Sarah Berman.

Publication Info. Lebanon, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, 2021.
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  364.15 BER    AVAILABLE
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Description xiv, 321 pages, 4 unnumbered plates : illustrations, black and white photographs ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-305) and index.
Contents Prologue: "The most ethical man" -- Theory of everything -- Some very powerful human beings -- A place of survival -- Epilogue: Vanguard on trial.
Summary "They draw you in with the promise of empowerment, self-discovery, women helping women. They build close connections between you and your comrades--and the more secretive those are, the more exclusive you feel. Little did you know, you just joined a cult. Sex Trafficking. Self-help coaching. Forced Labour. Mentorship. Multi-level marketing. Gaslighting. Vice investigative journalist Sarah Berman explores the shocking practices of NXIVM, a cult run by Keith Raniere and his second-in-command Smallville actor Allison Mack. Through the accounts of central NXIVM figures, Berman uncovers how dozens of young women seeking creative coaching and networking opportunities instead were blackmailed, literally branded, near-starved, and enslaved. Vancouver actor and NXIVM recruiter Sarah Edmondson thought that she had signed up for self-help coaching; instead, her peers in the group held her down and filmed her as the the cult leader's initials were carved into the flesh below her hip. Don't Call It a Cult shows that these abuses looked very different from the inside, where young women initially received mentorship and protection. By accessing top experts on high-control groups, as well as the accounts of Raniere's former acolytes, Berman unpacks the deep spiritual experiences that the young women in NXIVM's inner circle shared, and their strong resistance to leaving even months after the FBI made its first arrests in March 2018." -- Publisher.
Subject Raniere, Keith, 1960-
NXIVM (Firm)
Cults -- New York (State) -- Albany.
Self-help groups -- Corrupt practices -- New York (State) -- Albany.
Women -- Crimes against.
Cult members.
Human trafficking.
Genre True crime.
Added Title Do not call it a cult : the shocking story of Keith Raniere and the women of NXIVM
Do not call It a cult
ISBN 9781586422752 (paperback)
1586422758 (paperback)
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