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Title:
Voodoo histories : the role of the conspiracy theory in shaping modern history
Author:
Aaronovitch, David.
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Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Riverhead Books, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere--from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. In this age of terrorism, the idea of conspiracy can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. Journalist David Aaronovitch sees a pattern among these inflammatory theories. They use similarly murky methods to insinuate their claims: they link themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past; they carefully manipulate their evidence, to hide its holes; they rely on the authority of dubious academic sources. Most important, they elevate their believers to an elite--a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. In this entertaining and enlightening book, Aaronovitch carefully probes and explodes a dozen of the major conspiracy theories. He examines why people believe them, and makes an argument for a true skepticism: one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.--From publisher description.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: blame Kevin -- "The uncanny note of prophecy" -- Dark miracles -- Conspiracies to the Left -- Dead deities -- A very British plot -- Holy blood, holy grail, holy shit -- A few clicks of a mouse -- Mr. Pooter forms a theory -- "I want my country back!" -- Conclusion: bedtime story.
ISBN:
9781594488955
Format :
Book

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