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Jon Ronson’s Them: Adventures With Extremists (Picador, 2002, 328 pp) Jon Ronson must have had a barrel of laughs writing this book, for which he spent considerable periods of time getting to know people who passionately believe very odd or hopelessly muddled things. Those things are mostly conspiracy theories about who ‘really’ runs the world. Many of his interlocutors think it is the Jews. Yet Ronson, himself Jewish, never loses his gentle and ironical sense of humour. To the contrary, he again and again exhibits an astonishing capacity to empathise with those whose views he very plainly doesn’t share. It is…

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