Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies

Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies

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by Christopher Hodapp, Alice Von Kannon
     
 

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Entering the world of conspiracy theories and secret societies is like stepping into a distant, parallel universe where the laws of physics have completely changed: black means white, up is down, and if you want to understand what’s really going on, you need a good reference book. That’s where Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies

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Entering the world of conspiracy theories and secret societies is like stepping into a distant, parallel universe where the laws of physics have completely changed: black means white, up is down, and if you want to understand what’s really going on, you need a good reference book. That’s where Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies comes in.

Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, this fascinating guide, packed with the latest information, walks you through some of the most infamous conspiracy theories — such as Area 51 and the assassination of JFK — and introduces you to such mysterious organizations as the Freemasons, the Ninjas, the Mafia, and Rosicrucians. This behind-the-curtain guide helps you separate fact from fiction and helps you the global impact of these mysterious events and groups on our modern world. Discover how to:

  • Test a conspiracy theory
  • Spot a sinister secret society
  • Assess the Internet’s role in fueling conspiracy theories
  • Explore world domination schemes
  • Evaluate 9/11 conspiracy theories
  • Figure out who “they” are
  • Grasp the model on which conspiracy theories are built
  • Figure out whether what “everybody knows” is true
  • Distinguish on assassination brotherhood from another
  • Understand why there’s no such thing as a “lone assassin”

Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten, while buns come in eight-packs? Everybody knows its a conspiracy, right? Find out in Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470184080
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
154,717
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hodapp is a 32° Freemason and a member ofthe Masonic order of the Knights Templar. His first book,Freemasons For Dummies, has quickly become the most popularmodern guide to the ancient and accepted fraternity of Freemasonry.He’s also the author of Solomon’s Builders:Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of WashingtonD.C., and co-author of The Templar Code For Dummies. Heattended Indiana University, the University of Southern California,Los Angeles Valley Community College, and California StateUniversity Northridge. In 2006, Chris received the Duane E.Anderson Excellence in Masonic Education Award from the Grand Lodgeof Minnesota. He has written for Templar History Magazine,Masonic Magazine, The Scottish Rite Journal, The IndianaFreemason, and Indianapolis Monthly, and he’s amonthly columnist for Living Naturally First magazine. Chrishas also spent more than 20 years as a commercial filmmaker.

Alice Von Kannon has been an advertising executive, ateacher, a writer, and even a greedy and villainous landlord. Ahistory junkie beyond the help of an intervention since the age of14, her studies of Near Eastern religious cults and sects led toher first book, The Templar Code For Dummies, co-writtenwith Chris Hodapp. She’s studied film production atLos Angeles Valley Community College and history at CaliforniaState University Northridge, and she’s worked for many yearsin advertising as a writer and broadcast producer. Alice hastraveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and written on thesubject of the Barbary Wars and the birth of the U.S. Navy.She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Order ofthe Grail, the fraternal body of the International College ofEsoteric Studies.

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Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to hate this book. It was one of those moments in the bookstore, like when I came across 'The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Kennedys,' when I said, 'You've got to be kidding' right out loud. Judging from the cover 'yes, yes, I know better than that', I figured this book swallowed the whole New World Order / FEMA camps / 9-11 inside job / Zionists / Freemason / World Domination / Denver Airport line of Alex Jones style balderdash. Instead, what I got was a popcorn-like experience of standing in the aisle for almost an hour reading, unable to put it down. 'Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies' is a truly rare find in a shelf full of drivel. I was already a fan of Christopher Hodapp and Alice VonKannon's book 'The Templar Code For Dummies', and they bring the same evenhanded approach to this material. face it - it's easy 'or I assume it's easy' to write a book that does nothing but heap contempt on what are fringy beliefs, like shooting fish in a barrel. But this book is frankly densely packed with a huge range of subjects, crammed into a small, easy to like package. They manage to cover most topics with humor, without venturing into scorn or snarkiness 'with the possible exception of the 9/11 chapter, which IMHO deserves all of the scorn it can get'. 'This book avoids being a laundry list of subjects, and the chapters have a quirky logic that seems to work. I have probably 30 Dummies books on a vast assortment of subjects at home, and I always marvel at the way one author will totally get how to organize and write these books, while others seem clueless. Hodapp/Von Kannon are fast becoming favorite authors in this series of books. It makes me curious about how these books are created, but that's another topic.' What I really found interesting was that they take the trouble to analyze where conspiracy theories actually come from. That sounds simplistic, but believe me, it's rare in books like this. Likewise, they don't just write little blurbs about secret societies, but go to the trouble of explaining their history and development, along with whatever they are accused of. There's deadly serious material here, along with the truly frivolous, and the breadth is truly amazing: Freemasons and Rosicrucians, UFOs, Tesla, HAARP, Skull and Bones, the CFR, Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission. and even stuff like subliminal advertising, JFK, 'Paul Is Dead,' and Elvis spottings. There's a whole chapter on the Mafia that is the best explanation on the subject I've ever read. Likewise, the KKK gets covered in a brief, but very detailed manner. On and on it goes, and that's why I think this book is so good at a difficult subject, The authors keep it moving fast, but don't skimp on the details. And in the end, they seem to be letting the facts speak for themselves, instead of having a dismissive point of view. To me, that makes this book one of the best on the subject.
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