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

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Voodoo histories : the role of the conspiracy theory in shaping modern history
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Voodoo histories
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the role of the conspiracy theory in shaping modern history
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David Aaronovitch
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eng
Summary
A probing look at the conspiracy theories that operate on the sidelines of history and the reasons they continue to play such a seditious role
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. 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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338000
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DLC
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909.08
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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adult
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the role of the conspiracy theory in shaping modern history
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Voodoo histories : the role of the conspiracy theory in shaping modern history, David Aaronovitch
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Publication
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Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2009
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [358]-378) and index
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
Control code
426803553
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
388 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781594488955
Lccn
2009037018
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)426803553
Label
Voodoo histories : the role of the conspiracy theory in shaping modern history, David Aaronovitch
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2009
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [358]-378) and index
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
Control code
426803553
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
388 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781594488955
Lccn
2009037018
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)426803553

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