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The Cult at the End of the World: The Terrifying Story of the Aum Doomsday Cult, from the Subways of Tokyo to the Nuclear Arsenals of Russia

Kaplan, David E., Andrew Marshall

Editore: Crown, 1996
ISBN 10: 0517705435 / ISBN 13: 9780517705438
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Titolo: The Cult at the End of the World: The ...

Casa editrice: Crown

Data di pubblicazione: 1996

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Riassunto: The brave new age of postmillennium terror is awakening and its harbinger is Aum Supreme Truth: a Japan-based global web of wired, technically expert New Age zealots armed with biologial weapons, driven by an apocalyptic vision of unprecedented destruction. With compelling immediacy, this book tells the terrifying story the cult reponsible for the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack, offering a revealing profile of its founder and leader, Shoko Asahara.

Dall'autore: Nerve gas. Germ warfare. Particle beams and lasers. Extortion and kidnapping. Mass murder and mind control.

Here at last is the full story of the world's first scientific death cult: a wired, hi-tech, designer drug, billion-dollar army of fanatics, focused around the leadership of a blind and bearded madman, armed with weapons of mass destruction. Although much of it reads like science-fiction, The Cult at the End of the World is all terrifyingly true -- a tale of hi-tech horror for the 21st century.

Aum burst onto the world scene in March 1995 with a coldblooded nerve gas attack in the subways of rush-hour Tokyo. Since then, more than 30 books have appeared in Japanese on this bizarre sect -- but until now, no outside work has revealed the full story behind Aum's extraordinary reach. Investigative reporters Kaplan and Marshall spent months piecing together the cult's remarkable story, fielding a research team that spanned six countries. Among the book's many revelations:

The Cult from the Future. Aum disciples wired electrodes to their heads while chanting ancient mantras and logging onto computer nets. LSD ran through their veins, the product of laboratories that also refined enough biochemical agents to kill millions. Aum recruited hundreds of young, alienated scientists from Russia and Japan, and used them to prepare for -- and then unleash -- Armageddon.

Hi-Tech Terror. Aum's true legacy will be in sparking a new era of high-tech terrorism, say the authors. "The word is out," warn Kaplan and Marshall. "A college education, some basic lab equipment, recipes downloaded from the Internet -- for the first time, ordinary people can create extraordinary weapons. Technology and training have simply become too widespread to stop a coming era of do-it-yourself machines for mass murder."

Arms for Armageddon. In its race to doomsday, Aum assassinated its critics with nerve gas and secretly attacked the Japanese parliament and imperial family with biological weapons. "No weapon system was too far-fetched for Aum's mad scientists," say the authors. Aum built huge plants for making poison gas, explosives and machine guns; biolabs for culturing anthrax, Ebola virus and other killers; and worked on electromagnetic guns, mind control, laser and particle beams -- even an earthquake-machine.

Global Reach. Here for the first time is the full story behind Aum's shadowy expansion overseas. Using government records and interviews, Kaplan and Marshall report how the cult negotiated for a nuclear bomb in Russia, mined uranium and tested nerve agents in Australia, and ran a multi-million dollar procurement network for hi-tech goods from Silicon Valley to Switzerland.

Human Experiments. Aum ran chilling experiments on human guinea pigs, the authors reveal. Cult doctors washed out memories using massive doses of hypnotic drugs, shocked patients with high voltage and planted electrodes in their brains. The group ran its own gulag, with "psychological bombardment more suited to a North Korean brainwashing camp than a Japanese religious sect."

Bungling Police. The book offers a searing indictment of Japanese law enforcement, who have long been regarded as among the world's best cops. The authors chronicle six years of mistakes, mismanagement and missed opportunities that allowed Aum Supreme Truth to spread a worldwide web of terror. They show, as well, how the CIA and other agencies failed to see the signs, and how our governments remain woefully unprepared to deal with the new era in terror.

"Terrifying... a deadly mixture of the religious zealotry of groups such as the Branch Davidians, the anti-government agenda of the U.S. militia movements and the technical know-how of a Doctor Strangelove." -- U.S. Senate investigative report on Aum, October 1995

A Readers Digest Condensed Book Club selection. Foreign rights in seven languages. Serial rights to Wired (U.S.), Esquire (U.K., Thailand, Czechoslovakia), Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Tokyo Journal (Japan).

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