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    Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids
    by Jim Marrs
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (25 April, 2000)
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    Reviews (130)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile topic, stupid book
    If you're going to write a book purporting to reveal the key to the understanding of history, you should at least have a basic grasp of historical events and chronology. Jim Marrs commits numerous howlers, such as claiming that a Trilateral Commission member wrote a 1975 paper referring to the Three Mile Island disaster. The problem: TMI occurred in 1979. Also, he mentions that Mayer Amschel Rothschild grew up in Frankfort, Germany during the 1740s in an environment poisoned by the antisemitism of the philosophers Kant and Fichte. This would be possible *if* Fichte had been born yet (he was born in 1762) and if Immanuel Kant (1724) had been particularly interested in antisemitism. It might have been even more helpful if antisemitism in a modern sense had been formulated--it was a ninteenth century idea.

    I would like to give _Rule by Secrecy_ one star, but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. The parts I read were so stupid and ill-informed that I couldn't stand to finish it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Conspiracy's Hidden Agenda
    I purchased this book back in 2000 - near the begining of my five year search for the truth - hoping to learn something about the history and influence of the Freemasons. With respect to the "hidden" historical facts, the book is loaded with interesting "unpublicized" facts that are not taught in school and do not appear within the pages of any high-school or college level texbook on U.S. History, and I would definately recommend this book for those who are just begining thier search for the "Truth" - i.e. the real reasons why our political leaders lie to our faces; ignore the Constitution; promote racial and class warfare; refer to illegal aliens as "undocumented Americans" and to abortion clinics as "family planning centers".
    But for those who've already discovered the "what" and the "how" pieces of the New World Order puzzle and are looking to fill inthe "who" and, more importantly, the "why" pieces in order to see and comprhend the Big Picture then I definately would not recommend this book.
    The reason why, of course, is because Mr. Marrs attempts to rule out the true culprits - i.e. the "Architects of the New World Order" - on pages 60 & 61. But then again, I guess that's to be expected from someone who refers to the Bible - the best selling and most widely read book of all times - as a "hodgepodge of myths, legends and parables" (pg. 345)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and a good read
    This book traces the connections between the worlds most powerful families to reveal who really runs the world and what their agenda really is. Marrs has done a lot of research (as usual) and documents everything. He reveals the secrets of the Federal Reserve System, the Freemasons and gives a wonderful commentary at the end of the book. For anyone who wants to know the despicable workings of world politics, this is your book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060193689
    Sales Rank: 309488
    Subjects:  1. 1945-1989    2. 1989-    3. Conspiracies    4. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    5. Foreign relations    6. Freemasonry    7. History    8. History: World    9. International Relations - General    10. Modern - General    11. Politics - Current Events    12. Secret societies    13. U.S. Foreign Relations    14. United States    15. World - General   


    UFOs, JFK, and Elvis : Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe
    by RICHARD BELZER
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (02 May, 2000)
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    Best known as Detective John Munch on the hit TV series Homicide, Richard Belzer is also an accomplished standup comedian with a knack for political commentary in the tradition of Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory. In UFOs, JFK, and Elvis, he applies his analytic powers to two of the most controversial topics of the late 20th century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the alleged U.S. government cover-up of the existence of alien life. (The reference in the title is the book's only substantial Elvis sighting.)

    Belzer sensibly avoids pretending to have the answers, opting instead to focus on the questions themselves. Why does the Zapruder film fail to synchronize with other footage of the Kennedy shooting? What's the real background on Lee Harvey Oswald--and who really posed for that famous backyard photo? Did NASA regularly suppress UFO sightings by Apollo and Gemini astronauts? And how about that giant face on the surface of Mars? While Belzer's sarcastic, antiauthoritarian tone may not convince you that aliens walk among us, it's rather difficult by book's end to fully dismiss his belief that "history is just a collection of accepted lies" told to keep the masses in line. --Ron Hogan ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
    I picked this book up not knowing what to expect.I was slightly familiar with Belzer's stand-up, but hadn't read anything he had written. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

    I have always been slightly interested in conspiracy theories, but with my interest came a bit of embarrassment. Belzer's humor effectively dissolved my embarrassment.If I started feeling a little ridiculous when I found myself seriously considering an off the wall idea, Belzer's wit would put me at ease.The humor made it easy to tell yourself, "I'm not crazy, Belzer is."

    I can't say that Belzer was able to convince me of anything, but he certainly managed to pique my curiosity.Should I decide to learn more about the theories Belzer presents, I can simply turn to the helpful bibliography of conspiracy books and resources that Belzer recommends.

    The bottom line - this book is a great blend of conspiracy and humor and I think it could be enjoyed by someone looking for either.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating
    Not only is this book hilarious, it's informative, and educational as well.I didn't even know what FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) was until I read this book, and that's just ONE of the things I learned. It's a good template for any aspiring conspiracy researcher. A thorough bibliography is included which lists all of the Belze's sources respectively.

    I won't claim that I believed everything I read in this book, but I will say this: Anyone out there who is stupid enough to accept the "Single Bullet Theory" deserves to get shot in the head himself. That is all!

    3-0 out of 5 stars You DO have to be crazy....
    We all know that something fishy happened in Dealy Plaza on 11/22/63, and that our government cannot be trusted, but to suggest that people have been copulating with aliens is absurd. I find it interesting the Mr. Belzer failed to point out that UFO sightings have been plummeting since the end of the Cold War, and that these aliens people claim to encounter look suspisciously like the Hollywood aliens depicted in the movies during the fifties. Extra-terrestrials have become the new mythology, and belong in the same realm as werewolves and leprechauns, and are largely a symptom of a mass-hysteria and overactive imaginations. Just because people have seen objects in the air they can't indentify, it doesn't mean they are from other galaxies. Carl Sagan pointed out that the odds of intelligent life outside our solar system is highly likely, but the odds of those two civilizations ever crossing paths is tantamount to two chipmunks in North America finding each other. And, what all UFO pundits have failed to produce over the years is any tangible physical evidence of extra-terrestrial life; it's a lot of grainy, doctored photos and bogus testimonials. As far as the alleged lunar landing hoax, there were good reasons for our government to fake it for purposes of propaganda, but it was well within the realm of possibilty. My old eigth-grade math teacher told us that we had the mathematics to get to the moon in the late 1800's. Belzer resents the fact that such people who believe this nonsense are unfairly marginalized, but how else should rational people deal with paranoid delusions? That being said, the book was entertaining and I read it in one evening, but it was nothing more than a National Enquirer article on steroids. What cracks me up is how Belzer can promote this book with a straight face. I'm sure he's laughing because he got my money. And another thing, he never did tell us where Elvis was hiding! Three Stars! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345429184
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. American wit and humor    3. Conspiracies    4. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    5. Controversial Knowledge    6. Form - Essays    7. General    8. History    9. Humor    10. Politics - Current Events    11. United States    12. Humor / Essays   


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    Conspiracies, Lies, and Hidden Agendas
    by Mick Farren
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 1999)
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    Mick Farren's A-to-Z compendium of conspiracy theory icons and other subcultural flash points offers an effective combination of documentation and humor. In addition to the expected material on the Trilateral Commission, the JFK assassination, and whatever it is the government's keeping in Area 51, Conspiracies, Lies, and Hidden Agendas has entries for incidents that never quite made it into the most popular versions of the secret history of the New World Order. Everyone remembers the Iran-Contra portion of the Reagan administration, for example, but Farren reminds us of the brief hullabaloo surrounding the 1983 murder of Vicki Morgan, the mistress of Reagan crony Alfred Bloomingdale. Visual icons situate each entry into one or more of 15 separate categories, including aliens, Nazis, the feds, and religious cults. (Of the Church of Scientology, though, Farren merely notes that they "have many lawyers and they tend to sue anyone who says bad things about them.") Among the most recent phenomena noted in the book are the "Bill Clinton death list" that circulated on the Internet and in right-wing media in 1998, and the 1999 high school massacre at Littleton, Colorado. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Basically another conspiracy book.
    Most books of this genre are usually a miserable attempt to sway the reader into believing whatever drivel the writer has to offer. Most books fail, this book is different, no lengthy stories.

    This book is not anovel; it is an alphabetical listing of different stories and people andsecret fears. From the Trenchcoat Mafia to Bill Gates you'll read some themost bizarre tales you've ever read before.

    While most of the stories areharmless, such stretch the realm of possibility and other are completelyout in left field. Overall the book is an easy and quick read and quiteenjoyable.

    My major disappointment was the author only scratched thesurface on every topic, I think that if the book was written as a quickreference it did an excellent job. If this book was for anything deeper,you might want to find another resource.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
    This book looked very intresting by the description on the back.The readers are promised answers to many paranormal and conspiracy related questions, but what we get is a long-winded introduction that more or lessridicules those people who chose to believe some of the topics listed. Nothing is ever answered, topics are just listed matter of fact with noreal depth to any one subject.The author calls these topics,"varying degrees of human greed, fear, and stupidity." (Pg. 27)

    The author never takes a diffinitive stand on anything.There is a bigmarket for paranormal books out there and it seems as though the authorwanted to strike while the iron was hot, but not knowing what he believesin just chose to list things out instead of stick to anyone topic.

    Anyreal paranormal buff would not find this worth the time or money.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
    This book looked very intresting by the description on the back.The readers are promised answers to many paranormal and conspiracy related questions, but what we get is a long-winded introduction that more or lessridicules those people who chose to believe some of the topics listed. Nothing is ever answered, topics are just listed matter of fact with noreal depth to any one subject.The author calls these topics,"varying degrees of human greed, fear, and stupidity." (Pg. 27)

    The author never takes a diffinitive stand on anything.There is a bigmarket for paranormal books out there and it seems as though the authorwanted to strike while the iron was hot, but not knowing what he believesin just chose to list things out instead of stick to anyone topic.

    Anyreal paranormal buff would not find this worth the time or money. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1580630774
    Subjects:  1. Conspiracies    2. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    3. Controversial Knowledge    4. History    5. Miscellanea    6. New Age / Parapsychology    7. Politics/International Relations    8. U.S. Government   


    The Seventy Greatest Conspiracies of All Time: History's Biggest Mysteries, Coverups, and Cabals
    by Jonathan Vankin, John Whalen
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1998)
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    The book may claim to chronicle the "greatest conspiracies of all time," but there's a decidedly 20th-century bent to Vankin and Whalen's compilation--not that there's anything wrong with that. Many of their selections are familiar territory--the Kennedy and King assassinations, government suppression of UFO data, questions about Marilyn Monroe's suicide--but this edition has been updated to include information on more recent events like the death of Princess Diana and the Oklahoma City bombing. (Although not without some disheartenment: "Back in the good ol' days when conspiracy theorists were still considered crackpots," they lament, "it actually took some kind of evidence to get this kind of frenzy under way.... Now anytime some poor sap dies every frat boy with an Internet account races to be the first in his quad to post the conspiracy of the moment.") The individual essays are written in savvy, journalistic prose, and the authors freely admit that they don't have the answers to any of these mysteries. But that's part of the entertainment value of such historical paranoia--you're always free to imagine some new twist. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Several years later, and I STILL re-read it!
    Especially in the post-9\11 world of intrigue, The 70 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time is by far one of the best tomes ever committed to print.It has nearly EVERTHING: the first Gulf War(where the name Enron mysteriously appears), MK-ULTRA, Roswell, the Men in Black(the "real" ones), fluoridation, and of course the assassinations of the Kennedys.With humor and self-awareness, Johnathan Vankin and John Whalen take you on a bizarre yet all-too-real trip through the foggy underbelly(can an underbelly be foggy?) of conspiracy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars You know...I am stunned by the interest,, good and bad
    Despite the rather weak title (it put me off a little - and there ware only 60 then) I read this book from cover to cover, and while I know most of the speculation involving these "deep political processes" (I much prefer Peter Dale Scott's distinction between the two), I was stunned by the level of knowledge and real research and committment here. Forget the history teacher that gave 1 star for lack of research - that is laughable. To even make 60 cases for intregue (now 70) and make them well and coherently says a whole lot. My hat is off to the authors for the Pan Am 103 expose. If it ever does come out properly, that could outrage a whole new section of a 'silent but skepticle public'. Notice Qadaffi, now America's new lap dog. INFORMATION is power, and guys like binLaden, Hussein, and Qadaffi have a whole bunch of it. Drugs; the covering and "doubling" of the runners; the huge illegal profits which can be funneled around the Legislative Laws of the Land. These are at the heart of the tragedy of Pan Am 103. My point is that we need to get middle-minded, middle-class, good, bright, loyal Americans to start to take some of this stuff seriously. May I humbly suggest losing the word "conspiracy" - I know that it sells books, but it is the rope which is being used to hang and invalidate the concept of "deep political process". The authors make real valid points with what most people know is fishy, 'cause they've heard about it: MK/ULTRA, the October Suprise - which I think went further than anyone has dreamed. My view is that Carter was sabatauged WHEN the hostages were "TAKEN" - oh...just another American 'asleep at the wheel" intelligence failure? C'mon, we did the same thing with the same cast to Iran and through Iran not but 20 some years earlier. Carter gets screwed by his CIA (bumblers, huh?) much like Dulles ****ed Kennedy in the Bay of Pigs, much like BOTH Dulleses did to Eisenhower every time he tried to make a detente move. The pattern is there and it is well documented - forget that the hostages came home the day the Gipper was sworn in...think about how IMPOTANT Carter was made out to be. Look at the results - No-one gets hurt, the Contras get their arms, we get our "hostages" (and our drugs, and cash) and Carter loses by the biggest landslide since Goldwater disappeared. OK, I'm off topic again. Sorry. This book is So well researched, that I am suprised it is still in print, Seriously. Gore Vidal's Essays from 1992-2000 have been discontinued at public libraries. This is getting very Orwellian. I guarantee you'll find something her that makes you pause. I can only guess what the new 10 are...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sleep well my child, for everything's fine out there...
    Ah here's another book destined to disgust the orthodox thinkers of this world who insist everything is clear-cut out there. If you belong to that caste you need not bother with the book or this review. The rest do read on.
    Basically, this book is the musical industry's equivalent of a "best of". While seasoned conspiracy theorists will tell you that there's definately more than 70 conspiracies that need listing this is not the aim of this book.
    What it aims at is to serve you with a summary of the top conspiracy material circulating planet earth and poke you on to do the rest of your reading yourself (or should i say the rest of your thinking?).
    What you get is a short summary for each of the 70 conspiracy theories listed here. They seem to be well researched too for anyone with a deeper reference to all these theories.
    True, most of the stuff being "investigated" here belong to the really glorified conspiracy theories, and, it's very probable you've heard or read them somewhere before: aliens, area 51, mind control programs, JFK, machurian candidates, secret weapons to name but a few.
    The writting is very entertaining especially since the authors don't omit to add their own touches of sarcastic scepticism to some of the most extreme theories they involve.
    More addvanced students of conspiracy lore (if you want to call it that) will probably not be satisfied here as this book is nothing more than a very dense presemtation of the "facts".
    But, if you are just starting to get into this kinda stuff this book is a cool start as it will smoothly and effectively introduce you to the trenchcoated world within your world.
    And if some of the theories presented here seem a bit "too far out" for your tastes just remember that "nothing is really as it seems" whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not.
    Reality is not monodimensional anyway, and neither is the level of reality that we humans can interfere with.
    Or are we humans to start with? But no, i better not get into that one.. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0806520337
    Subjects:  1. Conspiracies    2. Crime And Criminals    3. History    4. History - General History    5. History: World    6. Miscellanea    7. Modern - 20th Century    8. Reference   


    Secrets, Plots & Hidden Agendas: What You Don't Know About Conspiracy Theories
    by Paul T. Coughlin
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1999)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Just what is it that we don't know?
    If you're looking for ammunition to disprove popular conspiracy theories this is not the book you need.This book is primarily concerned with Christian conspiracy theories based on speculation concerning Biblical end-time prophecies.The author, apparently himself a devout Christian, comes out squarely against these theories, feeling they create much fear and hopelessness among believers and are therefore contrary to the teachings of Christ, if not his apostles.As for the more generally known conspiracy theories such as the JFK assassination cover-up, the McVeigh as fall guy for a larger plot, the massacre at Waco, he says very little to put the issue to rest except to list these theories along with a group of other theories which he thinks very little of and therefore dismisses.He does uncover a few facts I was unfamiliar with.For example, Janet Reno was moved to okay the Waco attack out of an extreme concern for the children allegedly abused by Koresh.Why it was better for them to be dead is not part of his treatise.Altogether, the book was disappointing to me because I expected a worthy rebuttal of theories which have been bothering us for so long.Instead, I learned a few interesting tidbits about how various Christian groups or sects have interpreted the apocalyptic messages of the Bible.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Just what is it that we don't know?
    If you're looking for ammunition to disprove popular conspiracy theories this is not the book you need.This book is primarily concerned with Christian conspiracy theories based on speculation concerning Biblical end-time prophecies.The author, apparently himself a devout Christian, comes out squarely against these theories, feeling they create much fear and hopelessness among believers and are therefore contrary to the teachings of Christ, if not his apostles.As for the more generally known conspiracy theories such as the JFK assassination cover-up, the McVeigh as fall guy for a larger plot, the massacre at Waco, he says very little to put the issue to rest except to list these theories along with a group of other theories which he thinks very little of and therefore dismisses.He does uncover a few facts I was unfamiliar with.For example, Janet Reno was moved to okay the Waco attack out of an extreme concern for the children allegedly abused by Koresh.Why it was better for them to be dead is not part of his treatise.Altogether, the book was disappointing to me because I expected a worthy rebuttal of theories which have been bothering us for so long.Instead, I learned a few interesting tidbits about how various Christian groups or sects have interpreted the apocalyptic messages of the Bible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Encouraging Volume From An Unlikely Source
    It is good to see evangelical Christians who recognise that members of the fundamentalist community are implicated in political extremism,and take a stance against racist and anti-Semitic elements within that community. Iwould encourage non-evangelicals to read thisbook, and I hope that theauthor is not the target of reprisals from extremist members of hiscommunity. Here in New Zealand, most of our Christian Right has had linksto the neofascist League of Rights over the last decade or so, and therehas been little denunciation of right-wing extremism from this quarter.Deserves wider distribution. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0830816240
    Sales Rank: 663112
    Subjects:  1. Bible - Controversial Speculation    2. Christianity - Christian Life - Pop Culture Issues    3. Conspiracies    4. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    5. Criminology    6. Offenses And Offenders    7. Politics/International Relations    8. Religion - Contemporary Issues    9. Social Science   


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    Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture
    by Mark Fenster, Fenster Mark
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Why behind conspiracy theories and buying this book...
    This book challenges and takes the reader to the next level by asking WHY! Why do conspiracy theories exist in American society and culture?

    The answers are set in an eloquent academic prose but does tend to "quote" "incessantly" in a "few" chapters which becomes "really" really "annoying." However the author delivers an expectant high level of proficiency in subsequent chapters.

    Buy this book if (1) you appreciate academic prose, (2) are fascinated in the WHY theories behind conspiracy in American culture and society and (3) this is your first peek into the genre.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Epitome of Academic Dryness
    I read a lot, and more than a few books by academics. But even though I was keenly interested in the subject of this book, and what Fenster would have to say about it, I found the reading so utterly dry and boring that I couldn't get even a third of the way through the book. I put it down and came back to it several times, trying to bring a freshness to it. But each time I was drugged to catatonia within a few pages. I gave up trying to read it straight through, and tried skimming and jumping around to get some key points. It didn't help. The author appears more intent on scholarly notes and quotes and references, than on making a clear and readable narrative. Unless you are an academic doing research, or a lay reader with an iron stomach for this kind of material, I would find another book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The truth is out there...
    I recall a quote from Robert Anton Wilson who said, "Anyone in the United States who isn't paranoid must be crazy." I always thought that was an amusing quote, and it should've shown up in this book, probably!Fenster explores the prevalence of conspiracy theory in American culture inthis very academic book. While his writing style is good, I warn you thatthis book seems aimed at academics, and not your garden-variety conspiracybuffs.

    He begins with exploring Richard Hofstadter's work on the paranoidstyle of American politics, and leaps into studying the militia movement,later focusing on JFK, the X-Files, and other forms of "conspiracy asentertainment" and also examines millennial Christian groups andapocalyptic predictions, etc. Fenster is rigorous in his exploration ofconspiracy theories-as he explains in the beginning, he is not detailingthe theories so much as examining what they represent, both culturally andindividually. In this, he does an excellent job, particularly regarding themilitias.

    He seeks to get past the old notion of conspiracy theory aspathology to seeing it as a legitimate, if extreme and disempoweringexpression of popular dissatisfaction with the status quo. This is animportant observation: that conspiracy theory, by embracing the idea ofall-powerful individual villainy (a secret group behind it all), instead ofstructural problems (capitalism, American democracy) people can actuallyaffect and change, conspiracy theory saps the strength from people bymaking them paranoid bystanders to their own lives. But he's clear to pointout how the structure of the American political system creates this line ofthought, albeit unintentionally-the majority of Americans are marginalizedin this society. The tonic for this would seem to be action, rather thantaking refuge in conspiracy theory.

    Overall, this book is worth yourtime, but don't read it as a titillating account of conspiracies or youwill be disappointed. If you're curious about what makes these things tick,then this book is for you. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816632421
    Sales Rank: 954009
    Subjects:  1. American    2. Anthropology - Cultural    3. Conspiracies    4. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    5. Individual And The State    6. Political    7. Political History    8. Politics - Current Events    9. Popular Culture    10. Social Science    11. Sociology    12. United States    13. United States - General   


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    Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-ups
    by Robert A. Wilson
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 1998)
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    Robert Anton Wilson is the grand pooh-bah of late-20th-century conspiracy theory, but regular Wilson fans may find Everything Is Under Control inchoate in comparison to such masterworks as the Illuminatus! trilogy. The format may be encyclopedic, but the information isn't; to note one glaring omission, the only entries on Ronald Reagan refer readers to three other entries in which Reagan is briefly mentioned--none of which has anything to do with Iran-Contra. (Actually, there is a listing for Iran-Contra, but again, it merely points to some of the pieces of the puzzle.)

    The book's primary value, then, apart from the snippets of conspiracy "proof" it does provide, is in Wilson's playful yet insightful articulation of the psychology and linguistics of conspiratorial thinking. "Because we can say 'the Jews' or 'the New World Order' or 'the Patriarchy,'" he writes, "we can believe, or almost believe, that these grammatical abstractions have the same kind of reality as basketballs, barking dogs, and baked beans." There are also some fun private jokes, including a lot of data on the Discordians. It's not the best Wilson book--that, perhaps, is Masks of the Illuminati--but it's an adequate introduction to his imaginative philosophy. --Ron Hogan ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY, very enjoyable...
    I have a problem with this book, in that I practically wet myself reading it... or was it another one? Time I got it again, anyway. After a year or two I had to get another copy because it literally fell apart from too much reading (which is, honestly, very possible).

    A long, long while ago, in easier days, I had a bunch of friends who were very educated and knew British political history betwen them from the beginning of the 20th century through to the seventies, but that was a long while ago, and I sure miss these guys. There was enough conspiracy material in there to fuel a bonfire! My point is, that beside British Political history, they also knew about philosophy pretty well, Heidigger, Kant, Popper, the works. Also Joni Mitchell, Ralph McTell, Wishbone Ash, etc, etc. Where are you now, brave lads?

    I have a feeling that they may never have seen this book, and this brings me to my real problems - is it all really true? is the secular world so very confused in this way?

    I know that RAW is uniquely gifted, and we all love him over here, but the one thing that makes me secretly unsure is the consistency between the writing style ...and the content of the fictional world of the Illuminatus books and this documentary book. Is this the ultimate joke, a complex work of partial fiction?

    My problem is that RAW obviously knows a huge amount of real history and could run circles round nearly anyone I know at the moment, so who on earth do I ask this time? Or am I going to have to do another MSc in something or other to find out?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Primo Overview
    "Everything is Under Control" may not be the most handy conspiracy reference book possible, but the breadth of what it covers is remarkable and it's as funny and accessible as all Wilson books.I read most of the book in coast-to-coast transit, and I was singled out to be searched at every airport while this book was in my carry-on.I can't help but interpret that as meaning that "Everything is Under Control" is the kind of book that Big Brother worries about, and that speaks pretty highly for it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Alphabetical=good
    Not having much experience in the world of conspiracy theories, I bought this book as a sort of intro/reference.I must say that Wilson does a good job at keeping things in order (the book is in alphabetical order).The author generously cross-references many interesting topics, lists further reading and supplies ample amount of websites for further clarification.I am a novice in this field, but this book seems to be a great starter for the uninitiated. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0062734172
    Subjects:  1. Conspiracies    2. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    3. Controversial Knowledge    4. Curiosities & Wonders    5. Current Affairs    6. History    7. Mass Media    8. Miscellanea    9. New Age / Parapsychology    10. Politics/International Relations    11. Unexplained Phenomena    12. Self-Help / General   


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    Conspiracy : How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From
    by Daniel Pipes
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1999)
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    The New World Order, CIA drug rings, UFOs in New Mexico, the JFKassassination, the Elders of Zion--all are the products of politically disaffected and culturally suspiciousminds, writes Daniel Pipes, author of TheHidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy. Here he examines the nature of conspiracy theories and asks, "What makes otherwise intelligent people believe in phony phenomena?" and "Why is antisemitism so often itscentral feature?" Pipes usefully lays out a few hypotheses about conspiracy theories, anddistinguishes them from actual conspiracies (which are real, of course). Although the book couldbenefit from some organizational improvement, it contains many astute observations. Readersinterested in its subject will find it worth examining. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars A curious book
    Daniel Pipes has created his entire career out of conspiracy theory, yet I am to suddenly believe that he thinks that every time a conspiracy theory pops up, it was created by some wacko who lives in a 1 bedroom apartment and distributes underground newspapers?This is an unconvincing tome that wants us all to believe that no conspiracies exist and that if it sounds crazy it is crazy.Fact is stranger than fiction....there is a reason why that is such a commonly known observation of life.Pipes unfortunately will continue to dismiss a select group of conspiracy theories while of course creating future columns and books claiming of worldwide underground muslim conspiracies against humanity.Make up your mind Daniel, are they real or fake?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant Book by Daniel Pipes
    I am a fan of Pipes' style and blatant honesty regarding Islam, which happens to be his area of scholarship and research.One's scholarly education often provides depth to other areas of interest, and his studies of the Middle East aid him in the world of Conspiracy in no small way.

    I have only read a single chapter of this book online, and I am already sold.I do hope however that it will contain a better analyzation of conspiracy rather than a presentation of historical views.

    As a christian, I am very familiar with the realm of conspiracy; since biblical interpretation is wrought with it. The essence of incorrect interpretation is eisegesis, which reads into the text that which was not the original intent of the author.One common area of this is eschatology: the study of the end-times; where people come up with rather strange end-time theories by making all of the prophecies of the past directly relevant to us today, rather than being historical events.Things such as reading Babylon as the Soviet Union, United Nations, or modern day Iraq.

    Somebody not being familiar with biblical interpretation might have a harder time coming to terms with the fallacies of conspiracy, even though it is equally prevailant in the secular and political realm.A few I can note off hand is Bush's alleged war against Islam, Jewish involvement in 9/11, Senator Wellstone's plane-crash being a political assassignation etc.

    In order for us to become conspiracy-free, it is necessary for us to live life objectively, and let boring events and subjects be boring; void of any ulterior motives or special-agendas.

    I hope Mr. Pipes book better aids people in the quest for serious criticism.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Pipes is anti-Muslim and a member of CFR
    This book is typical of the genre that attempts to label all political critics as "anti-semitic" or "extremist".However, Pipes is a member of an organization that many contend is a part of the globalist or one-world-order movement (i.e., Council on Foreign Relations).He was recently named by the Bush administration to an organization of so-called "peace," yet he staunchly supported the horrendous bombing of innocent Iraqis and Afghanis.That is not peace, it is murder. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0684871114
    Subjects:  1. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    2. General    3. Political Science    4. Politics - Current Events    5. Politics/International Relations    6. World - General    7. Social Science / General   


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    The Conspiracy Reader: From the Deaths of JFK and John Lennon to Government-Sponsored Alien Cover-Ups
    by Joan D'Arc, Al Hidell
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1999)
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    This collection of articles from Paranoia magazine contains the usual hodgepodge of theories about the JFK assassination, UFO cover-ups, and CIA mind-control techniques. But it also has a few surprises, like the suggestion that David Bowie has been in contact with alien beings ever since the days of Major Tom and Ziggy Stardust, or that Paul McCartney may have ordered a hit on his former bandmate John Lennon. While the editors admit in their foreword that they're willing to sacrifice plausibility for the sake of entertainment value, conspiracy theory purists may be more frustrated than amused by items like this rather bizarre theory about Star Trek: "When we analyze [Captain James T. Kirk's] name, we first notice that James was the brother of Jesus.... Kirk's middle name was Tiberius, a Roman general and emperor. 'Kirk' is the most common European-language spelling of the word we know in English as 'church.' Put these all together: (brother of) Jesus, Roman (emperor), church, and what do you have? It was the Roman Catholic Church that was, symbolically, in control of the Enterprise." ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars The conspricy writer's conspiracy....
    Haven't read any of this conspiracy stuff for some time;so thought I'd give this book a go.Nothing has changed,just the same old rehashed babble.Take UFO's for instance,the same old stuff is still being regurgitated from what I read 30 years ago.The only things that change are the names, places and the proponents of these wacky accusations and fanatical suppositions.
    It's amazing that they have kept this up for so long and after all this time nothing has been proven.Maybe it's another government conspiracy that keeps these writers going.It takes one to know one.
    They even dump on Erich von Daniken,calling him an amateur;at least I found his enjoyable supposition.This book would like you to think that they have things figured out;sprinkling words like science,research,analysis,experts, study,etc.,throughout the text in an attempt to give it some credibility.
    This book was published in 1998,but don't be fooled ,a lot of this stuff is just a rehash from decades ago.Just because some conspiracy theorist makes a statement,backed up by some 'expert',doesn't make it so.
    Maybe I'll check back in a few years,but I don't expect to find anything new.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fills in some of the blank spots
    I read this cover to cover and liked most every essay in it. I had heard about many of these conspiracies, but only in headline fashion. These articals dig deeper and give the reader insight as to where the variousallegations arose from. It's easy to say "the CIA started AIDS"or this group or that group was responsible for funnelling crack cocaineinto the ghetto, but here a reader can see the stories and logicsurrounding the allogations. Some of the articals were a bit brief and theone concerning the Apocalypse seemed out of place, but the rest shouldserve as a good springboard by which enthusiasts can begin research oftheir own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Entertaining Collection of Conspiracies
    Al Hidell and Joan D'Arc are probably the hippest of the various conspiracy researchers and compilers. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0806520418
    Subjects:  1. Assassination    2. Conspiracies    3. General    4. History    5. History - General History    6. Miscellanea    7. Politics/International Relations    8. Reference    9. U.S. Government (Specific Aspects)    10. United States    11. United States - General   


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    Selling Fear: Conspiracy Theories and End-Times Paranoia
    by Gregory S. Camp
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mine eyes have seen the glory....
    I ordered and read this book with no real opinion when I got it.I was somewhat tentative on it till I hit the chapter on the speculation of the end time.I am a Christian, brought up in the old time pentecostal movement of the 50's.The end was near.Very near.I saw people over the years cite one event after another.I saw the anti-christ's name change from Hitler to Stalin, to....And I saw the beast and the mark of the beast change.

    And I hit the place where he said that every generation since the middle of the 1800's thought they were the last generation.And I thought, "no, the pentecostals of the 50's were the first to think that."Then I remembered the scriptures that talk about the people in the first century thinking they were the last.And I remembered "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord".And my studies of the war of southern rebellion started coming back.The people in that time thought they were the last.I remember my dad telling me that his parents thought that WWI was the beginning of Armegeddon, and I remember the discussions in the late 40's (I was under 7 years old) where my uncles thought that Hitler was still alive and he was the antichrist, ready to come back and rule.Then there was the bomb that would fulfill the prophecies...

    And the book became alive.This is how it has been, probably since a month after Jesus left this earth.

    One after another speculating.

    Beg, borrow or buy one of thesebooks.Read it.

    Then make up your mind.

    It cause you to pick up another book, the bible and read the promises of God and not waste time on speculation.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Blind leading the blind
    I would have give this book a "0" star rating if I could. These authors spread the typical Christian debunkism found in modern Christianity today. They claim to have done much research in studying their subjects of the Illuminati, the New World Order, and other conspiracies, but have purposefully sought to close their own eyes and minds to reality. They seek to explain away the truth so that they can consider themselves as "sane", compared to the "paranoid" "fear mongers" "selling conspiracy theories."
    This book is a true shame and a true waste of your time and money. If you just HAVE to buy it (especially if you are a pastor or Christian teacher) at least buy "Rule By Secrecy" by Jim Marrs and read them side by side. If you have any real discrenment whatsoever, you'll quickly understand that Satan's kingdom of this world does conspire against mankind and to decieve.

    Those (especially Christians) who seek to close the eyes and minds of others regarding these matters - like these authors - only bring darkness to honest seekers.

    This book is trash...exactly where my copy (and waste money) of the book went.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Blind leading the blind
    I would have give this book a "0" star rating if I could.These authors spread the typical Christian debunkism found in modern Christianity today.They claim to have done much research in studying their subjects of the Illuminati, the New World Order, and other conspiracies, but have purposefully sought to close their own eyes and minds to reality.They seek to explain away the truth so that they can consider themselves as "sane", compared to the "paranoid" "fear mongers" "selling conspiracy theories."

    This book is a true shame and a true waste of your time and money.If you just HAVE to buy it (especially if you are a pastor or Christian teacher) at least buy "Rule By Secrecy" by Jim Marrs and read them side by side.If you have any real discrenment whatsoever, you'll quickly understand that Satan's kingdom of this world does conspire against mankind and to decieve.

    Those (especially Christians) who seek to close the eyes and minds of others regarding these matters - like these authors - only bring darkness to honest seekers.

    ... ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801057213
    Sales Rank: 228011
    Subjects:  1. Christianity    2. Conspiracies    3. End of the world    4. Eschatology    5. General    6. History    7. History of doctrines    8. Prophecy    9. Religion    10. Religion - Contemporary Issues   


    The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World
    by David Icke
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 1999)
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    Look out Robert Anton Wilson! Either David Icke is competing for the "Paranoid of the Decade" award or he knows something the rest of us don't. Icke reveals a sinister web connecting everything from the British royal family to major oil companies, to 33 of the last 40 U.S. presidents, in a global conspiracy masterminded by an interstellar brotherhood vying for planetary control through the manipulation of humanity's very way of life. Icke digs into every facet of contemporary society to expose the invisible horror lurking beneath the calm veneer of everyday life. In the process he gets downright offensive, knocking everything from Judaism to the Denver airport. Even if you can't swallow Icke's distasteful revelations or follow every step of his labyrinthine conspiracy theories, The Biggest Secret is sure to forever change the way you look at the Amoco oil logo. --Brian Patterson ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Brain for sale, one owner
    Yes, finally, somebody wrote a book that serves as an invitation to sell your brain.Just get rid of that damn brain, you don't need it.Icke has the answer.

    This enlightened man likely noticed the amount of time people were spending in an attempt to understand how the world works, how it has changed, and how it can change through organized effort.Looking to relieve people of the tremendous burden of being alive and thinking about the world, Icke finally penned the tome we've been waiting for.

    Yes, it has all the answers.Pretty much.He comes from every angle, and then, in a real coup of publishing wit, he hits us with the secret.The world is run by another species from the fourth dimension.A species of lizards.

    Though I strongly suspected this when I noticed Bill Clinton's tail wagging with glee during a press conference in 1994, Icke finally comes clean with the whole thing.These lizards literally rule the planet.

    After learning these secrets, I threw away all of my books.Don't need 'em anymore!I'm free!I'm free!If anyone is interested, I'm selling my brain as well.Used, minor wear, normal sized, pink, squishy.I'm asking a fair price.

    One thing troubles me about the book, in fact, about all of Icke's work.He conveniently excludes a list of the drugs he is taking, or perhaps more importantly, the drugs he has been prescribed but is not taking.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Kind of twisted
    Sure, there's a universal goal to create a new world order, and there's freemasonry and there's symbolic meaning in symbols,but referance to satanism is really far out plus,reptiles are born and they have to cut there tail off after birth? mental,picture of michaelangleos Human Male circle with a erect penis?(or two of them)The lower forth demision which is another referance to satanic cults! No such thing Sure miltary secret devices that the human eye can't see. Later part of the book human beings need love but so do the reptiles. He's either a satanic lord himself or metally ILL. One of his pictures of the wrecked car in Princess Dinas accident looks like a insect.(if it is acually a real photo of her car. Still very interesting reading. Did he write this book on his own or did a Santanic Cult help him? Only he knows.It's his biggest secret. Or we could all take LSD and finally see the reptiles. :>)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Argumentum ad Absurdium
    Unless you are of a credulant disposition ready to believe the slightest conjectures and leaps in logic as proof of a broad (broad being an understatement!) conspiracy theory, just don't bother reading anything by David Icke as he has nothing to offer for the sound and rational mind to ponder over.Remember, this 'sound' theory is presented by someone who, not too long ago, publicly proclaimed that he was Jesus Christ with warnings about an imminent Judgment Day only to later recant his claims as to his divine identity.

    Icke's new theory is no longer on his divine origins from The Holy Trinity but that humanity is the product of abreeding experiment carried out by exploitatively cruel and tyrannical reptilian extraterrestrials (he even goes so far to suggest they might be highly evolved dinosaurs! Yes, of course, they're the Slistaks from 'Land of the Lost'!It's so clear to me now!) who have been monitoring our evolution since our arrival upon this Earth.Supposedly this breed of reptiles has been most active in interbreeding with Western Europeans and Jews, thus explaining the latter's cold calculative and exploitative traits in comparison with the rest of humanity (the only thing he proves here is that he's an anti-semite and anti-white biggot!)According to him, this conspiracy continues to manifest itself through elected officials, royalty, scientists, the military... well, you know, the usual suspects in these types of conspiracy theories. These aliens and conspirators can shape-shift and teleport to avoid detection of course and that's why they're so elusive and powerful.In turn, such leadership is involved in sinister Satanic rituals in secret locations such as subterranean complexes where they indulge in orgiastic feasts and human sacrifice.In short, just watch Carpenter's 'They Live' or the TV series 'V' or read Lovecraft's Cthulluh myths and you get the jist of his argument.

    The dementia/paranoid delusions of the author and the absurdity of his proposition are immediately evident to any reader of average education and sober mind.The conjecture is so laughable that I couldn't continue reading due to the tears from my eyes smudging the pages of this farce of a book.At one point he explains that the late Carl Sagan was a collaborator with these evil reptilian aliens as, (1) He had a strange fascination with extra-terrestrial life and the cosmos; (2) he was a scientist and a Jew, groups normally part of this conspiracy anyway and, (3) 'Sagan' spelled backwards is 'Nagas' which is a Hindu serpent god therefore, (4) Carl Sagan is a reptilian alien deceiving the public about the truth of extraterrestrial life and his participation in a global/galactic/intergalactic alien conspiracy to dominate humanity and exploit the Earth.Wow!I have seen the light!How could I have been so blind all these years!? Icke is not a deranged and uneducated retired soccer player but a true progeny and genius historian, anthropologist, physicist, astronomer, philosopher, etc.Icke is also a world reknown linguist on par with Noam Chomsky; convinced that a translation from Sanskrit to the Roman alphabet of the word 'Nagas' is conclusive proof that mythological serpent gods, evil reptilian aliens, and conspiratorial Jewish astronomers/physicists are all one and the same. Icke goes on to boldly state that Relativity and the Heisenberg principle are false/obsolete scientific theories superceded by a completely new domain of physics/quantum mechanics which he never bothers to explain; he simply makes reference to some obscure physicist whose theories no one has heard of or accepted in the scientific community at large: but remember, his strange theories were rejected because most physicists and other scientists are part of the alien conspiracy (Of course! How could I be so dismissive! Remember the Sagan/Nagas paradox is irrefutable proof of that conspiracy!)

    Following Icke's reasoning one can reach countless conclusions that are all equally absurd because such line of reasoning is illogical; for example, my dog must be god because 'dog' spelled backwards is 'god': with his revelations in proper reasoning I have been enlightened as to the divine scheme of things: those must be signs!What else could they be?!I must now read more of Icke's works to know the whole truth as to what my dog might have in store for me: maybe I have to build a temple in veneration to his divinity!Perhaps we are being controlled by half-human/half-dog aliens who pretend to be gods but really control our minds through our innocent-looking canine companions! This is clearly true as it has been shown in films such as Spaceballs with the Mog character played by John Candy; Mel Brooks produced the film and he is Jewish after all and, Jews are part of the conspiracy without question anyway. Anubis was also a half-canine half-human deity in Ancient Egypt who held the keys to the underworld which clearly symbolizes the presence of these human-dog aliens on Earth and nothing less: the Jews were in ancient Egypt too by the way and were clearly collaborating with Anubis.The U.K., France, and the U.S. all have obelisks in their capitals which are ancient Egyptian symbols and Anubis was Egyptian too.It must therefore also be a certainty that the conspiracy is being perpetuated today by the Purina and Alpo companies that are controlled by Jewish stockholders who are in collusion in covering up this evil canine conspiracy and just turning all of us humans into dog food for their consumption!Such lines of reasoning are defined as logical fallacies of red herring, ad absurdium, or non-sequitur, and cannot be the basis for any rational or scientific discussion of any sort.

    Anyway... if you're a reader of sober judgment who wants sociological/scientific theories supported by logic and the scientific method, don't bother reading this book as it is nothing but an arrangement of fantastic/absurd postulations based on pure conjecture and hyperbolations: the logical fallacies in this work are too many to recite in this brief review.At best, David Icke is a writer with a sick sense of humor who thrives on having his anti-western/anti-semitic fantasies taken as fact by a loyal readership comprised of the credulant and mentally ill; at worst, he is a person who suffers from one or more dissociative disorders ranging from psychotic dementia, lunacy, mania, paranoia, or he is simply a full-blown paranoid schizophrenic.Don't waste your time with this garbage pseudo-science and watch some good science fiction instead so you won't die laughing.Although I am not dismissive of the possibility of extraterrestrial life, I choose to found my conclusions on empirical observations and sound logic: I wouldn't base my conclusions or even inquiries on such matters upon the absurd postulations presented by this demented imbecile of an author.
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    Isbn: 0952614766
    Subjects:  1. Conspiracies    2. Controversial Knowledge    3. General    4. International economic relations    5. International organization    6. Miscellanea    7. New Age    8. New Age / Parapsychology    9. Political Freedom & Security - International Secur    10. Political Science    11. Unexplained Phenomena   


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    The Big Book of Conspiracies (Factoid Books)
    by Doug Moench
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1995)
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    In the past, I would roll my rapidly glazing eyes whenever I heard some formerly sensible person carrying the cudgels of conspiracy theories: you know the rants: the Trilateral Commission, CIA, FBI, Masons, and Secret Societies are all out to run the world and silence truth seekers with intimidation, death--or plankton up the nostrils--and it seems the body formerly inhabited by a friend is ready to board a ship to the moon.But then I came across this book, and I was stunned at the volume of detail and even facts that have been amassed by the obsessive believers in these seemingly wacko conspiracy theories.The most disturbing fact is that people investigating conspiracy theories seem to have the highest death rate of any profession -- other thanshark dentists.

    The editors adopt a sensible attitude: they do not claim that any interpretations in the book are necessarily true, but rather that these are truly things that conspiracy theorists have proposed.Note that this is a comic book of 39 tellings of almost as many conspiracy theories, but the comic-book medium in fact works very well. Recommended, unless some gruff voice calls me late at night and tells me to change my mind.... (Pssst: from the same people who brought you another Amazon.com Books favorite, The Big Book of Weirdos). --Jonathan Kochmer ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Big Book of GARBAGE.
    Full of Lies, Misstatements and Exagerations, all labeled TRUE.
    Save your money- if you want this sort of thing just search the web for free. Start with David Ickie, and if he doesn't put you off, you're hooked. God help your soul.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST READ!
    What a fun book to read! For all conspiracy theory nuts..don't miss this one! Jam packed with theories and done in great comic book format, just simply the best!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Predicted 9/11!!!
    ..or at least predicted that something similar to it would happen. Why? Because what better way for the government to control its people than to have them come running to said government in order to protect them from "hidden menaces" whether they be communists or islamic terrorists? Also, what better way to keep the military-indutstrial complex running than a need to battle these "threats to national security"?

    This is a brilliant book, especially in the way it changes its tone; it's dead serious when talking about RFK, JFK, MLK, Malcom X, and Odessa; takes a more humorous tone when discussing NASA, Hemp, and the Masons, and is downright silly when getting into the theory that aliens are our forerunners.

    But the serious stuff will definitely make you think and maybe even keep you up nights a la Jim Garrison in "JFK".It's that good. The books it references on conspiracies are highly recommended further reading.

    I can't believe that this book is out of print -- or that copies now cost upwards of $50! Could it be...a conspiracy? ... Read more

    Isbn: 1563891867
    Subjects:  1. Comic books, strips, etc    2. Conspiracies    3. Controversial Knowledge    4. General    5. Graphic Literature    6. New Age / Parapsychology    7. Sports    8. Sports & Recreation   


    Conspiracies, Cover-Ups and Crimes
    by Jonathan Vankin
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 1996)
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    In the first half of this entertaining guide to contemporary paranoia, Jonathan Vankin introduces us to some of the leading figures in modern conspiracy, from self-styled political leader Lyndon LaRouche to Kerry Thornley, co-creator of the underground religion Discordianism and a possible "second Oswald." Then, in part two, he puts together all the disparate strands of conspiracy theory into one overarching narrative that includes the Freemasons, Nazi occultists, CIA-brainwashed assassins, the Mafia... you name it, Vankin's probably found a way to fit it into the puzzle. The point is not that this is the secret history of the world order, but, as he writes, "civilization is a conspiracy against reality." In order for the world to run smoothly, and for us to be "normal" participants, Vankin argues, we have to accept a lot of things on faith. Conspiracy theorists refuse to do that, and consequently are usually dismissed as mentally unbalanced. But what if they are right and what we've been led to believe turns out to be wrong? A fascinating and provocative book that may well lead you to never trust the newspapers and nightly broadcasts again. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than other conspiracy theory books!
    This book really makes you wonder about things. It was really fun to read because it gives you an alternative perspective to what you have heard about certain events such as the JFK assassination and UFOs. It has a seriousness about it that makes every conspiracy seem like it definetley was a conspiracy. It was a good book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Paranoia is merely a Paperback away...
    My employer used to laugh whenever I would mention the existence of vast conspiracies working around us in the world today.Then I lent him this book.Now he merely smiles and nods, with the occasional nervous glanceover his shoulder.
    Two main sections help deliver tone that exists inthe world of conspiracy theory.The first section examines a cross-sectionof the theorists themselves; from the flaky personalities capitalizing onthe public's need to know, to the ordinary people (like you or I) that findthemselves sucked into the realm of the unbelievable, the unexplainable,and the unavoidable.The second section then broadsides you with a vastcollection of some of the most intense and complicated examples of whatconspiracy theory is all about.
    The key to this book's success atmaking you think is that it doesn't pick and choose which plots andcover-ups are real or imagined.Instead, it merely dumps all of the factsand theories right in your lap, leaving you no choice but to decide foryourself what you can or can't dismiss as paranoid folly. Highlyrecommended for believers & skeptics alike. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1881532097
    Subjects:  1. Conspiracies    2. Crime And Criminals    3. History & Theory    4. Law    5. Politics - Current Events    6. U.S. Political History    7. United States   


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