| ||All That Glitters Is Not God : Breaking Free from the Sweet Deceit of Multi-Level Marketing by Athena Dean |
| ||Amway Motivational Organizations : Behind the Smoke and Mirrors by Ruth Carter |
Ruth Carter spent 15 years as an Amway distributor. During most of that time she was completely immersed in her upline's Motivational Organization. She also spent nearly five years working for her upline Diamond in his office. Only then did she witness the trickery, deception, and unethical behavior that pervades the Amway Motivational Organizations, or AMOs. This book reveals the truth behind the smoke and mirrors of the Amway motivational business.
| ||Combatting Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan |
A former cult member, now a counselor helping those affected by destructive cults, Hassan exposes the troubling facts about cults' recruitment, their use of psychological manipulation, and their often subtle influence on government, the legal system, and society as a whole.
| ||Consumed By Success : Reaching The Top and Finding That God Wasn't There by Athena Dean |
Consumed By Success is the story of a highly articulate Christian woman who became caught up in the glitz, glamor and hype of Multi-Level Marketing. While telling her own tale of involvement in MLM, Athena Dean points out the traps and dangers that MLM sets for the believing Christian. If you are concerned about MLM activities within your church community, this book is a must-read.
| ||Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Thaler Singer and Janja Lalich |
Everyone knows that they are too smart to ever get sucked in by a cult, but when you look at the victims there are some smart people there who believed the words of conmen and liars. The difference with most conmen is they only take your money but the cults can take your family, your sanity and your life.
| ||The Faith Healers by James Randi |
It is bad enough that charlatans hawk untested medicines and techniques to sick people, but there seems to be something particularly evil about people who claim to have magic healing powers or who claim to be using powers delegated to them by God. At least some of the quack medicine salespeople believe in what they are doing.
| ||False Profits : Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes by Robert L. FitzPatrick and Joyce K. Reynolds |
False Profits provides an excellent discussion of the inherent fallacies and deceptions in any Multi-Level Marketing business. Fitzpatrick clearly makes the point that MLM is predicated on the failure of many.
| ||Free Expression Is No Offence by Lisa Appignanesi (Editor) |
The book that helped to win a battle! Edited by Lisa Appignanesi, the PEN/Penguin book with thought-provoking essays by Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Monica Ali, Hari Kunzru, Howard Jacobson, Helena Kennedy and many more was published on December 1 2005.
| ||L. Ron Hubbard : Messiah or Madman? by Bent Corydon |
You might think the title of this book is a rhetorical question, but the criminal cult of Scientology is out there as a testament to Hubbard's madness so there are obviously still some people who can't work out the right answer for themselves. If you are unfamiliar with the cult, Operation Clambake is a good place to start.
| ||The Little Black Book Of Scams by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission |
The little black book of scams highlights a variety of popular scams that regularly target Australian consumers and small business in areas such as fake lotteries, internet shopping, mobile phones, online banking, employment and investment opportunities. It also offers consumers tips on how to protect themselves from scams, what they can do to minimise damage if they do get scammed and how they can report a scam.
| ||Masters of Deception by Eric Scheibeler |
Eric Scheibeler was a big pin in Amway and this book documents the way he and his wife were drawn into the cult by false promises, lies and psychological tricks - the same tactics used by all cults to gain control over members.
| ||A Piece of Blue Sky : Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed by Jon Atack and Russell Miller |
| ||Recovery from Cults : Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse by Michael D. Langone |
| ||Releasing The Bonds : Empowering People to Think for Themselves by Steven Hassan |
| ||Spellbound : My Journey Through A Tangled Web of Success by Robert M. Styler |
This is part of Rob Styler's account of his first 'Training' with Bill Gouldd. His journey with Equinox lasts seven years, during which he becomes one of Gouldd's top producers. Finally, realizing he can't continue with Equinox, he tries to gather his courage to make the break. He gets a phone call from a friend, Val, another Equinox distributor. Rob finally tells Gouldd he is leaving. Gouldd immediately starts publicly slandering him at sales meetings. 'His actions make me wonder how I blindly followed him for so many years.' Rob Styler's account of the man and the company which held him spellbound is a compelling read. Those who have been involved in Equinox, Amway, or a score of other MLM businesses will find pieces of themselves in this book.
| ||Tom Cruise : An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton |