Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 4, 2011 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Entering the world of conspiracy theories and secret societies is like stepping into a distant, parallel universe where the laws of physics have completely changed: black means white, up is down, and if you want to understand what’s really going on, you need a good reference book. That’s where Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies comes in.

Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, this fascinating guide, packed with the latest information, walks you through some of the most infamous conspiracy theories — such as Area 51 and the assassination of JFK — and introduces you to such mysterious organizations as the Freemasons, the Ninjas, the Mafia, and Rosicrucians. This behind-the-curtain guide helps you separate fact from fiction and helps you the global impact of these mysterious events and groups on our modern world. Discover how to:

  • Test a conspiracy theory
  • Spot a sinister secret society
  • Assess the Internet’s role in fueling conspiracy theories
  • Explore world domination schemes
  • Evaluate 9/11 conspiracy theories
  • Figure out who “they” are
  • Grasp the model on which conspiracy theories are built
  • Figure out whether what “everybody knows” is true
  • Distinguish on assassination brotherhood from another
  • Understand why there’s no such thing as a “lone assassin”

Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten, while buns come in eight-packs? Everybody knows its a conspiracy, right? Find out in Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies.

 

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User Review  - TemplarOne - Borders

I wanted to hate this book. It was one of those moments in the bookstore, like when I came across 'The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Kennedys,' when I said, 'You've got to be kidding' right out loud ... Read full review

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Having read all three of Chris' prior books and being a pretty active conspiracy scoffer, I'd girded my loins for a disappointment this time around. Just more Freemason conspiracy (Solomon's Builders ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies
9
Conspiracism and the Origin of Modern Conspiracy Theories
19
Building the Perfect Beast Secret Societies through the Ages
33
Everybody Knows About It The Worlds
47
JFK and Other Presidents The Conspiracies Behind the Guns
67
The World Ends Monday Racial
95
Not of This Earth Innocent
117
Rosicrucians and the Evolution of Occult Secret Societies
183
The Illuminati The Bavarian Boogeymen
207
Secret Societies of Terror and Death
219
Frolicsome Fraternalism and Nefarious Foes of Freedom
249
Thugs Mugs and Lugs The Mafia
267
Banks and Super Committees
297
Ten Conspiracy Theories That Skirt the Edge of Madness
317
Ten Conspiracies That Were Absolutely True
329

Not of This Earth Innocent Pawns in an Intergalactic Imbroglio 117 Chapter 8 Tracking the Evolution of the 911 Conspiracy Theories
137
Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets
157
Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets 157 Chapter 9 The Freemasons The Worlds
159
Ten Weirdest Secret Societies of All Time
343
Index
351
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Christopher Hodapp is a 32 Freemason and a member of the Masonic order of the Knights Templar. His first book, Freemasons For Dummies, has quickly become the most popular modern guide to the ancient and accepted fraternity of Freemasonry. He’s also the author of Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C., and co-author of The Templar Code For Dummies. He attended Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley Community College, and California State University Northridge. In 2006, Chris received the Duane E. Anderson Excellence in Masonic Education Award from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. He has written for Templar History Magazine, Masonic Magazine, The Scottish Rite Journal, The Indiana Freemason, and Indianapolis Monthly, and he’s a monthly columnist for Living Naturally First magazine. Chris has also spent more than 20 years as a commercial filmmaker.

Alice Von Kannon has been an advertising executive, a teacher, a writer, and even a greedy and villainous landlord. A history junkie beyond the help of an intervention since the age of 14, her studies of Near Eastern religious cults and sects led to her first book, The Templar Code For Dummies, co-written with Chris Hodapp. She’s studied film production at Los Angeles Valley Community College and history at California State University Northridge, and she’s worked for many years in advertising as a writer and broadcast producer. Alice has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and written on the subject of the Barbary Wars and the birth of the U.S. Navy. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Order of the Grail, the fraternal body of the International College of Esoteric Studies.

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