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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (698 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Aaronovitch Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one—one that can fuel radical or fringe elements and violence.

For award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories. He found that these theories used similarly murky methods with which to insinuate their claims: they linked themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past (“it happened then so it can happen now”); they carefully manipulated their evidence to hide its holes; and they relied on the authority of dubious academic sources. Most importantly, they elevated their believers to membership of an elite—a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. But why believe something that entails stretching the bounds of probability so far? Surely it is more likely that men did actually land on the moon in 1969 than the idea that thousands of people were enlisted to fabricate an elaborate hoax.

In this entertaining and enlightening book—aimed at providing ammunition for those who have found themselves at the wrong end of a conversation about moon landings or the twin towers—Aaronovitch carefully probes and explodes a dozen of the major conspiracy theories. In doing so, he examines why people believe them and makes an argument for a true skeptic—one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.

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  • “The book is an evenhanded, lively, and fascinating look not just at the people who believe these theories but also at the people who promote them: the evidence manipulators, the liars, the con artists, and the almost pathetically gullible and uninformed.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carolyne Borel | 2/16/2014

    " Good book, but i honestly was disappointed by the way the whole study was directed. I felt it was too scattered, going in too many directions without really going in depth... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 2/9/2014

    " This book contains a lot of interesting information, however it is marred by the author's tendency to go off on tangents. It is written from a British perspective and there are a few sections of minimal interest to American readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gabriela | 2/8/2014

    " A fair part of interesting bits and points but overall slightly repetitive and not exactly what I'd call a funny nor enthralling read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anton | 2/6/2014

    " Cured me of any fuzzy suspicions. "

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About the Author
Author David Aaronovitch

David Aaronovitch is an internationally bestselling author and award-winning journalist who has worked in radio and television and for newspapers in the United Kingdom since the early 1980s. His first book, Paddling to Jerusalem, won the Madoc Award for Travel Literature in 2001. The recipient of the Orwell Prize for Political Journalism, he writes a regular column for the Times (London).