I just finished this book. Highly recommended. It’s a really fascinating and at times heartbreaking account of Claire Conner’s life growing up as the daughter of two founding leaders of the John Birch Society. They believe every crazy thing Robert Welch says as proven fact. These are zealots who are absolutely convinced every president since Hoover was a Communist and the Reds are going to take over openly any day now, for more than thirty years. The Civil Rights movement is a Communist plot. (And, yes, fluoridation too.) The Vietnam War, under both Johnson and Nixon, is only a fake anti-Communist war and really serves the Communist agenda somehow. They devote their entire lives to the cause. Indeed, they devote so much time – and money – that Claire is expected to finance her own college education, though her father is a seemingly prosperous businessman.
This passage should show clearly just how deep the evil-convinced-it’s-good-fighting-evil of the JBS runs: