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Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies [NOOK Book]


What do Skull & Bones, the Kennedys, and UFOs all have in common?

Your guide to an undiscovered world of arcane rites and rituals

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, ...

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What do Skull & Bones, the Kennedys, and UFOs all have in common?

Your guide to an undiscovered world of arcane rites and rituals

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. Sorting out fact from fiction, you'll be able to explore their global impact on society today.

Discover how to:

  • Test a conspiracy theory
  • Spot a sinister secret society
  • Assess the Internet's role in fueling conspiracy rumors
  • Explore world domination schemes
  • Evaluate 9/11 conspiracy theories
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118052020
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 483,392
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Hodapp is a 32° Freemason and a member of the Masonic order of the Knights Templar. His first book, Freemasons For Dummies, has quickly become the most popular modern 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 Washington D.C., and co-author of The Templar Code For Dummies. He attended Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley Community College, and California State University Northridge. In 2006, Chris received the Duane E. Anderson Excellence in Masonic Education Award from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. He has written for Templar History Magazine, Masonic Magazine, The Scottish Rite Journal, The Indiana Freemason, and Indianapolis Monthly, and he’s a monthly columnist for Living Naturally First magazine. Chris has also spent more than 20 years as a commercial filmmaker.

Alice Von Kannon has been an advertising executive, a teacher, a writer, and even a greedy and villainous landlord. A history junkie beyond the help of an intervention since the age of 14, her studies of Near Eastern religious cults and sects led to her first book, The Templar Code For Dummies, co-written with Chris Hodapp. She’s studied film production at Los Angeles Valley Community College and history at California State University Northridge, and she’s worked for many years in advertising as a writer and broadcast producer. Alice has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and written on the subject of the Barbary Wars and the birth of the U.S. Navy. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Order of the Grail, the fraternal body of the International College of Esoteric Studies.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies: The Improbable Wedded to the Inscrutable.

Chapter 1: Everything You Know Is Wrong.

Chapter 2: Conspiracism and the Origin of Modern Conspiracy Theories.

Chapter 3: Building the Perfect Beast: Secret Societies through the Ages.

Part II: A Colossal Compilation of Conspiracy Theories.

Chapter 4: Everybody Knows About It: The World’s Most Common Conspiracy Theories.

Chapter 5: JFK and Other Presidents: The Conspiracies Behind the Guns.

Chapter 6: The World Ends Monday — Racial, Religious, and Apocalyptic Conspiracies.

Chapter 7: Not of This Earth: Innocent Pawns in an Intergalactic Imbroglio.

Chapter 8: Tracking the Evolution of the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.

Part III: Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets.

Chapter 9: The Freemasons: The World’s Longest-Running Secret Society.

Chapter 10: Rosicrucians and the Evolution of Occult Secret Societies.

Chapter 11: The Illuminati: The Bavarian Boogeymen.

Chapter 12: Secret Societies of Terror and Death.

Chapter 13: Frolicsome Fraternalism and Nefarious Foes of Freedom.

Chapter 14: Thugs, Mugs, and Lugs: The Mafia and Other Underworld Societies.

Chapter 15: Banks and Super Committees: Knowing All, Owning All, Controlling All.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Conspiracy Theories That Skirt the Edge of Madness.

Chapter 17: Ten Conspiracies That Were Absolutely True.

Chapter 18: Ten Weirdest Secret Societies of All Time.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Much Better Than It Has A Right To Be

    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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