Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History

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Vintage, 2010 - Conspiracies - 390 pages
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"Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere from Pearl Harbour to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. Bookshop shelves threaten to collapse under the weight of texts devoted to proving myriad conspiracy theories true, while even quality newspapers and serious TV channels are prepared to give them credence. or David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern. These theories used similar dodgy methods with which to insinuate their claims- they linked themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past (it happened then so it can happen now); they carefully manipulated their evidence to hide its holes; they relied on the authority of dubious academic sources. Most importantly, they elevated their believers to membership of an elite a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. But why believe something that entails stretching the bounds of probability so far? Surely it is more likely that men did actually land on the moon in 1969 than that thousands of people were enlisted to fabricate a deception that they did. n this entertaining and enlightening book aimed to provide ammunition for th

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User Review  - fulner - LibraryThing

Disappointing. The author had a few good points, "Jews control the World" type conspiracies lead to the possibility for Hitler to be able to take over in Germany, and "There's a secret Communist ... Read full review

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

In this book, the author analyzes various conspiracy theories. I have to admit that I found a good chunk of this book kind of dry. The chapters where I was most interested included: "Dead Deities ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

David Aaronovitch is an award-winning journalist, who has worked in radio, television and newspapers in the United Kingdom since the early 1980s. He lives in Hampstead, north London, with his wife, three daughters and Kerry Blue the terrier. His first book, Paddling to Jerusalem, won the Madoc prize for travel literature in 2001.

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