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Monkey on a Stick: Murder, Madness and the Hare Krishnas

Monkey on a Stick Murder Madness and the Hare Krishnas Two investigative journalists John Hubner and Lindsey Gruson masterfully document the staggering number of crimes tied to the Hare Krishnas and the work of the dedicated cop determined to see justic

  • Title: Monkey on a Stick: Murder, Madness and the Hare Krishnas
  • Author: John Hubner Lindsey Gruson
  • ISBN: 9780151620869
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two investigative journalists, John Hubner and Lindsey Gruson, masterfully document the staggering number of crimes tied to the Hare Krishnas and the work of the dedicated cop determined to see justice in this fascinating and terrifying true crime story.Description from

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    1. In the 60's I remember hearing about the Hare Krishnas but I didn't know a lot about them. I remember the Beatles were big on Hare Krishna and George Harrison is mentioned in this book. This book talks about an unsavory element of the Hare Krishna religion. I dont think it speaks for the whole sect, as most books that single out a religion are not representative of the entire religion. There is a lot of shady characters in this book and it held my interest from beginning to end.

    2. This was an unusual book to read, because I visit the Hare Krishna temple fairly frequently. Not that I believe in their religion--or any religion, for that matter. Rather, my husband and I just find it a peaceful place to visit and eat delicious Indian food. Hare Krishna farms are also most likely the only source in the Western world for truly ethical dairy. However, it wasn't all happy cows and vegetable korma back in the 1970s and 80s. Name your crime and it seems that some prominent devotees [...]

    3. The ISKCON revolution and the mysteries of New VrindabanMany readers think that this book is all about the illegal activities that occurred in 1980s at New Vrindaban in Moundsville, WV: But the authors also dedicate significant part of their discussion on the birth and growth of Hare Krishna movement in the United States. In 1966, both Keith Ham (Kirtananada) and Howard Wheeler (Hayagriva Dasa) were in graduate school with bright future. Howard Wheeler later became a faculty member at the Ohio S [...]

    4. A book every parent should read be warned, it's not just drugs you have to be concerned about! An excellent 'window' into what is alleged to be a cult, so perfectly exposed in this non-fiction book. Their attempt at 'reform' is still wide open to abuse and a lot of 'hot-air' as far as I'm concerned, to try to gloss over their already tarnished reputation. They're also alleged to have amassed a fortune, their main objective apparently, eg they're reputed to be buying up castles all over Europe to [...]

    5. I tend to be suspicious of reviews that say the reader "couldn't put it down," but that's largely how I felt about this book. I began reading it as part of my recent interest in religious cults (see other reviews) and wanted to find out what non-Krishnas had said about the cultish aspects of the Hare Krishna movement. Monkey on a Stick does that, but it's so much more fascinating than the 99th book on Scientology or the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. To begin with, it presents an intriguing a [...]

    6. I never liked the Krishnas when they were around in old days. I found them not only incredibly annoying, but disingenuous, irreverent, and pompous in their zeal. Yet mostly they appeared lost, or shifty, or maybe it was just brainwashed. The endless chanting, and dancing seemed so lame and put on. But I never thought them capable of all the misdeeds and criminal exploits chronicled in John Hubner's Monkey on a Stick. Drugs deals, murder, con jobs and thievery are just the icing on the cake as fe [...]

    7. I loved this book. Before I read this book I thought the Hare Krishna’s only sang, danced, hung out with George Harrison, and sold stuff at the airport! This book shows in all its sensational detail the dark yucky underbelly of the movement. Chronicling what started in the early 60’s as a reasonably pure religious movement spear head by one man (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada) that became a multi-nation multi-million dollar organization run by power-hungry maladjusted scumbags. A really [...]

    8. Ehh, it was okay. It reminded me of "Under the Banner of Heaven" in that it recounts the founding (or spreading to America) of a religion that is kind of wacky and cult-like. It was written way before Banner, but I read that first. Also like Banner, it focuses on the juicy stuff. The corruption, and beatings, the murders, which gives the book an obvious slant. I am not an expert on Krishnas (or Fundamentalist Mormons) but I doubt as a group they are all that bad of people. It was interesting how [...]

    9. I read this back in the day, while I was with VicPola good read. As good as any underworld or mafia novel. I remember when I was a child watching and hearing the dancers in Swanson stw my favourite communal eat is at crossways! Lucky for us the food is vegetarian use for the meat grinders that usually appear in crime novels!an idea for the next edition of underbelly

    10. One of my favourite books, period. The true story of the rise and fall of the Hare Krishna movement in North America. I'm fond of telling people that it's like Goodfellas but with Hare Krishnas instead of Italians.One of the many things I love about this book is the "Section" recommendation for bookstore owners on the back cover. It says to file it under "Religion/True Crime". Perfect.

    11. Chilling! Though billed as an anti-cult book, it is less that as more of an indictment of the leadership of Kirtananda (one of the Iskcon Gurus) and how he was allowed to go so far astray that it lead to murder.

    12. I just randomly picked this up from the library one day. It wasa pretty good book. It showed how crazy the Hare Krishna movement was, and how it became this huge cult, but I think it lost me somewhere along the way.

    13. The book jumped around to much for me so it was confusing in parts to meever some chapters were really good.

    14. Shocking true account of the Hare Krishna movement that began in the 60's. Power, greed, drugs, and corruption took control of a religion and it spiraled out of control.

    15. Great history of the sixties east meets west. An extreme example of the disintegration of some type of idealism cum fascism.

    16. Sober reporting on the Hare Krishna movement that tries hard to uncover the search for spiritual truth amidst all the scandal, without censoring or glossing over the sensational bits.

    17. Gives an intriguing peak into the world of Hare Krishna communes. I am naturally fascinated by American-born religions.

    18. I picked this up out of interest in the Hare Krishnas themselves--their origins, beliefs, and institutional and social structures. There is some of that in here, but only along the way. For the most part, this is a true-crime book, with a completely forensic orientation, covering a series of murders which occurred within and around Hare Krishna communities. These occurred for a variety of reasons, and the case is not made that this kind of violence is part and parcel of the movement, although it [...]

    19. These were mad times in the Hare Krishna community. Kirtananda was a pretty mad fellow and since very beginning of his joining to the community he was deviating, and not following the instructions of his guru Prabhupada. The New Vrindavan community was his own project, not the Prabhupadas. After Prabhupada rejected him, Kirtananda wanted to start his own movement and he purchased that property in the west Virginia. But no followers he could get. Later on he asked Prabhupada if he could join agai [...]

    20. Oh so good. Well, a great plane read, anyway. This lurid true crime novel is probably at least 40% fiction, but it sure is entertaining! Especially if you like exclamation points. Sentences that should be clauses aren't too. The grammar is pretty atrocious considering it was written by 2 journalists, but I suppose in the 80s those true crime books didn't have time to get reviewed by editors before they were rushed to the printers. (This is possibly still true, but idk. I need to read more true c [...]

    21. Like everyone says, the book is hard to put down, and the story is completely engaging. Just be aware that the majority of it is a dramatization, and although there are extensive notes in the back detailing how things like conversations are built, there's no way to write stuff like, (an example I made up) "he looked at her pensively and wondered to himself how quickly it would take to rise up the ladder" without completely making it up. So, it's a wonderful fictitious account of a a true story. [...]

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