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Flo Conway, Jim Siegelman, Snapping: America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change, Stillpoint Press, 1995 

  With a focus in destructive groups, this book pays particular attention to the process where people suddenly convert, changing the root of their belief system. First published in 1978.

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Mary Alice Chrnalogar, Twisted Scriptures, Zondervan, 2000 

  A book on how religious organisations, many of which appear to the public as normal churches, control their audiences, including the redefinition of religious texts. A particular focus is put on ICOC.

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Steven Hassan, Combatting Cult Mind Control, Park Street Press, 1990

   One of the classics on controlling groups from a former high-level Moonie who has since dedicated his life to helping others. Includes good descriptions of how cults operate as well as examples of Hassan's approach to helping people recover from them.

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Steven Hassan, Releasing The Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, Aitan Publishing Company, 2000

Another solid book from Steve Hassan, who was himself a high-level Moonie. The major focus of this text is, as might be surmised, helping people who have recently left a coercive group. Hassan has developed a 'strategic intervention' approach that is much softer than the older 'deprogramming' methods.

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Michael D. Langone, Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse, Norton, 1995 

A sound book for people who have left coercive groups, aimed at helping them recover and regain their self in the outside world.

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Deborah Layton, Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple, Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1999 

A clarion warning for people seeking meaning who might join an authoritarian groups. For the uninitiated, Jim Jones led his cult first into the jungle of Guyana and then into mass suicide. Layton was one of the few that survived and her story is a spellbinding and alarming tale.

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William Sargant, Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing, Malor Books, 1997 

An academic, yet very readable, classic for the serious reader on conversion from an NY Psychology professor. It examines in detail the step-by-step process of conversion and, in particular, breaking point at which we crack.

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Margaret Thaler Singer, Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace, Wiley, 2003

Republished version of original classic study of cults from Psychology Professor. Describes cults in general and specific cults in detail.

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Madeleine Landau Tobias, Janja Lalich, Michael Langone, Captive Hearts, Captive Minds : Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Other Abusive Relationships, Hunter House, 1994 

A detailed look at the process of recovery from a conversion experience, with a particular focus on helping those directly involved. Includes analysis of cults and their leaders and how they operate.

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Denise Winn, The Manipulated Mind: Brainwashing, Conditioning and Indoctrination, ISHK Book Service, 2000 

A well-researched and excellent coverage of all forms of conversion. First published in 1984.

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