SARAH BERMAN is an investigative journalist based in Vancouver covering crime, drugs, cults, politics, and culture. She is a former senior editor at VICE and past contributor to Adbusters, Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun and other publications.
...investigative journalist Berman front-loads her startling, comprehensive expose on the NXIVM group with key information on how the association became popular yet remained elusive to law enforcement...the author's engrossing reportage meticulously reveals the tumultuous rise and fall of NXIVM after numerous criminal indictments and prosecutions...File this alongside Lawrence Wright's Going Clear and Jeff Guinn's The Road to Jonestown...An incendiary, serpentine report on criminal manipulation of staggering proportions. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Investigative journalist Berman debuts with the definitive look at the NXIVM cult, which victimized dozens of women for more than a decade ... This deep dive behind the headlines isn't to be missed. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Berman demonstrates the tactics cults use to manipulate and control without casting judgment or blame on the victims. Truly gripping, this is the definitive book on NXIVM. --Booklist Journalist Sarah Berman brings her signature gimlet eye and impeccable reporting to the story of the NXIVM women in Don't Call It a Cult, a chilling true crime account...Don't Call It a Cult is the nightmarish, unflinching true story of the women who survived NXIVM--and the women who didn't. --Foreword Reviews (starred review)