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Title:
Conspiranoia! : the mother of all conspiracy theories
Author:
Jackson, Devon.
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Publication Information:
New York : Plume, [2000?]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiii, 354 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780452281288
Format :
Book

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Summary

What do Pan Am flight 103, JFK, mercury fillings, The Grateful Dead, Teletubbies and mad cow disease all have in common? The answer is that they are all, in some highly explosive, ultraconfidential fashion, related. This book does what no other conspiracy title has done before: it connects all the dots. Arranged by subject matter, it opens with The Master Plan' and then branches off into twenty of the world's most famous conpiracy theories, showing through the use of intricate maps how everything and everyone is connected. An encycopedic guide book for fans and sceptics alike'


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Booklist Review

Jackson, a journalist whose work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, People, and elsewhere, has compiled a breezy, ambitious catalog of the people, events, and organizations that theorists have linked together throughout history and called conspiracies. Without commenting on the legitimacy or likelihood of each notion, Jackson includes hundreds of diverse subjects: aliens, Nazis, the Freemasons, the FBI, Madame Blavatsky, Marilyn Manson, the Dalai Lama, and John Tesh ("According to folks at the Globe, Tesh is actually an Alien"), to name just a few. The book is organized into 21 grand schemes, or "Master Plans," arranged by chapters with key players presented in alphabetical order, accompanied by succinctly written descriptions. The primitive, handwritten flow charts that lead each chapter, as well as the elaborate system of icons that connect related chapters, are confusing and not very useful. However, armchair conspiracy fans will enjoy using the index to look up subjects of interest and learning about related topics. Most appropriate for X-Files enthusiasts, high-schoolers, and Oliver Stone. --James Klise


Library Journal Review

Jackson, a journalist who has written for the New York Times and Vanity Fair, has composed an inventive but confusing encyclopedic book of conspiracy theories. Jackson's main innovation is to group sub-theories into larger conspiracies, such as "The Master Plan." But since he uses icons to classify theories, readers will need to go back and forth between the table of contents and the chapters to track their interests. And although the text contains a vast number of historical dates and names, Jackson intentionally includes no footnotes. The book should please conspiranoiacs because everyone--from Bill Gates to the Pope--is a potential conspirator; but it's peppered with too many phrases like "insiders say...." There are other books that provide source citations, like Robert Anton Wilson's Everything Is Under Control (LJ 8/98) and Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen's The 60 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time (Citadel, 1996. rev. ed.) and The 70 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time (Citadel, 1998. rev. ed.). Both are easier to follow than this volume. Public libraries may want to consider.--Kimberly A. Bateman, Broward Cty. Lib., Deerfield Beach, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.