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Voodoo histories : the role of the conspiracy theory in shaping modern history

Author: David Aaronovitch
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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. The author, a journalist, sees a pattern among these inflammatory theories. They use similarly murky methods to insinuate their claims: they link themselves to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Aaronovitch
ISBN: 9781594488955 1594488959
OCLC Number: 426803553
Description: 388 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Blame Kevin --
"The uncanny note of prophecy" --
Dark miracles --
Conspiracies to the Lef --
Dead deities --
A very British plot --
Holy blood, holy grail, holy shit --
A few clicks of a mouse --
Mr. Pooter forms a theory --
Conclusion: Bedtime story.
Responsibility: David Aaronovitch.

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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. The author, a journalist, 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 book, the author 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.

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