Cult Memoirs & Biography

Susan Atkins with Bob Slosser, Child of Satan/Child of God (Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1977)
Mary Alice Chrnalogar, Twisted Scriptures: Breaking Free from Abusive Churches (Zondervan, 1997)
Hayagriva dasa [Howard Wheeler], The Hare Krishna Explosion: The Birth of Krishna Consciousness in America, 1966-1969 (Palace Press, 1985)
Jadurani dasi [Judy Gaurino, née Judy Koslofsky], The Art of Spiritual Life
Chris Edwards, Crazy For God: The Nightmare of Cult Life (Englewood Cliff, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1979)
Steven J Gelberg [Subhananda dasa], Oh, The Things I've Learned! Lessons From Seventeen Years in the Hare Krishnas (, 2010)
Ruth Gordon, Children of Darkness (Wheaton, IL: Living Books, 1988)
Satsvarupa dasa Goswami [Steven Gaurino], Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmrta: A Biography of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1980)
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Visions of Glory: A History and a Memory of Jehovah's Witnesses (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1976)
Patricia Hearst with Alvin Moscow, Patty Hearst: Her Own Story (New York: Avon Books, 1982)
Erica Heftmann, Dark Side of the Moonies (Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1983)
Steve Kemperman, Lord of the Second Advent (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1981)
Bhakta Jim, The Life and Times of Bhakta Jim: As Told by Himself, with Elaborate Purports (, 2012)
Rachel Martin, as told to Bonnie Palmer Young, Escape: The True Story of a Young Woman Caught in the Clutches of a Religious Cult (Denver: Accent Books, 1979)
Jeannie Mills, Six Years with God: Life Inside Rev. Jim Jones's Peoples Temple (New York: A&W Publishers, 1979)
Nori J Muster [Nandini dasi], Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement (Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997)
Barbara Underwood and Betty Underwood, Hostage to Heaven: Four Years In The Unification Church By An Ex Moonie And The Mother Who Fought To Free Her (New York: CN Potter, 1979)
Alan Tate Wood with Jack Vitek, Moonstruck: A Memoir of My Life in a Cult (New York: Morrow, 1979)

About Cults

Jon Atack, A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology and L Ron Hubbard Exposed (New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1990)
Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry, Helter Skelter: the True Story of the Manson Murders (New York: Norton, 1974)
Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman, Snapping: America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change (New York: Stillpoint Press, 1995)
Paulette Cooper, The Scandal of Scientology (Belmont/Tower, 1971)
Danavir dasa [Dane Holtzman], Fortunate Souls: The Bhakta Program Manual (Rupanuga Vedic College, 1996)
Josh Freed, Moonwebs: Journey into the Mind of a Cult (Toronto: Virgo Press, 1981)
Steve Hassan, Combatting Cult Mind Control (Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 1988)
Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves (Somerville, MA: Freedom of Mind Press, 2000)
John Hubner and Lindsay Gruson, Monkey on a Stick: Murder, Madness, and the Hare Krishnas (New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1988)
Robert Jay Lifton, Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence and the New Global Terrorism (New York: Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 1999)
Gita Mehta, Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1979)
Ted Patrick with Tom Dulack, Let Our Children Go (New York: Dutton, 1976)
Micheal A Persinger, Normand J Carrey, and Lynn A Suess, TM and Cult Mania (North Quincy, MA: Christopher Publishing House, 1980)
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Alfred A Knopf, 2013)

Other Books

Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt (New York: Vintage Books, 1956)
Baba Ram Dass [Richard Alpert], Be Here Now (San Cristobal, NM: Lama Foundation, 1971)
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (New York: Harper & Row, 1951)
Arthur Koestler, translated by Daphne Hardy, Darkness at Noon (New York: Bantam Books, 1981)
Robert Jay Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of "Brainwashing" in China (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989)
Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir (New York: Free Press, 2011)
Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind: the Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing (Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1956)
George Orwell, 1984

Newspaper, Magazine, and Journal Articles

Frances FitzGerald, "Rajneesh Puram," The New Yorker, September 22, 1986, and September 29, 1986
Kate Kennedy and Tom Kennedy, "The Devil's Work," Penthouse, March 1982
Robert J Lifton, "The Appeal of the Death Trip," The New York Times, January 7, 1979
 "Cult Formation," Harvard Mental Health Letter, February 1991
Benjamin Wallace, "Bikram Feels the Heat," Vanity Fair, January 2014
"Scientology: The Cult of Greed," Time, May 6, 1991
"The Krishna File," The Sacramento (CA) Bee, June 22-25, 1980