- Taschenbuch: 223 Seiten
- Verlag: Paradox Press; Auflage: Gph (September 1995)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1563891867
- ISBN-13: 978-1563891861
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 27,7 x 21,8 x 1,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 12 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.314.076 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Big Book of Conspiracies: Allegedly True Tales of Treachery from the Information Underground (Factoid Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 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 than shark 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
One thing the other reviewers forgot to mention was the guy in the hat, sunglasses, and trenchcoat who explained everything. I found myself referring to him either as the Narrator (definitely capitalized) or the Phantom Stranger (a comic book character who looks like him). The Phantom Narrator's sense of deadpan humor, along with his sense of impartiality, makes him perfect for this book. As far as I can tell, he loses his temper with the conspirators only twice: in the "Lone Nut Family Tree," and "The Casolaro Conspiracy Maze," both of which are incredibly tangled up.
All in all, a good (if scary) book.
overview of the big conspiracies - from JFK/MLK/RFK to UFOs to
to more the more modern Whitewater and Casolaro cases. Are they
all related? You be the judge. Even as a conspiracy layperson, I
could see the stories stretch the facts a bit to make a point (or is
that what the Illuminati want me to think?) The number of people
murdered/suicided in this book is enough to make one think twice
about nosing around. Makes you think if someone may be monitoring
your trail around the net. The graphics are great, the web tangled,
and now I find myself keywording CIA and UFO on Amazon.
If _one_ person dies (for example, Vince Foster), it's probably an honest-to-gosh suicide. But when FORTY die, it's starting to look like conspiracy.
All I can say is that this book scared the bejeezus out of me. I'll never look at Masons the same way again -- cute little old guys in fezzes, or evil monsters bent on world domination? You be the judge.
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