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Debunked!: Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends, and Evil Plots of the 21st Century

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You know what's really going on, don't you? Flight 93 secretly landed in Cleveland, where the passengers were whisked off to a NASA facility. Nostradamus predicted JFK Jr.'s plane crash, which was engineered by the One World Government. Online poker sites are rigged to knock out the short stacks. Donald Rumsfeld was behind the bird flu panic.

That's what it's like to live inside the mind of the 21st-century conspiracy theorist, who believes that all you have to do is look at the...

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Overview

You know what's really going on, don't you? Flight 93 secretly landed in Cleveland, where the passengers were whisked off to a NASA facility. Nostradamus predicted JFK Jr.'s plane crash, which was engineered by the One World Government. Online poker sites are rigged to knock out the short stacks. Donald Rumsfeld was behind the bird flu panic.

That's what it's like to live inside the mind of the 21st-century conspiracy theorist, who believes that all you have to do is look at the signs and you'll see what's really going on. And thousands if not millions of people actually believe this is the way the world works.

Debunked! is a breezy but fact-filled dissection of more than two dozen of the most popular urban legends and conspiracy theories of the 21st century. As he did in Urban Legends and Hollywood Urban Legends, and as he has done in dozens of columns for the Chicago Sun-Times over the last decade and a half, Richard Roeper lays out the basics of each conspiracy theory, quotes some of the true believers—and then tears the theory apart with his bare hands.

This book will provide you with invaluable ammunition for the next time you communicate with someone from that other, shadow world—that place where secret tribunals pull the strings and influence the outcome of everything from terrorist attacks to professional sporting events.

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"Along with pointing out why much-loved legends are asinine, Roeper isn't above going for laughs (and getting most of them)."  —Booklist

"[Roeper's] hyped up on information and lays it all out there in easy-to-follow logic."  —Chicago Sun-Times

"Roeper injects lots of humor and fun into his dissections and isn't afraid to get on his soapbox."  —Pop Syndicate

"A very entertaining book."  —blogcritics.org

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A very entertaining book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527074
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Roeper is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the co-host of Ebert & Roeper. He is the author of Sox and the City, Schlock Value, Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character Is Doomed, Urban Legends, and Hollywood Urban Legends.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Evil Plots
The Steel Didn't Have to Melt     3
The Clinton Kill Count     19
The Conspiracy That Won't Di!     23
The Kennedy Assassination, 1999 Edition     29
The Media
It's a Media Blackout     39
Katrina and the Waves of Misinformation     47
The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy     55
Sports and Gaming
Online Poker Conspiracies Flushed Out     59
The NFL: National Fixed-Ball League     67
Casino Culture     83
Curt Schilling and the Bloody Red Sox     91
Entertainment
The Sopranos' Last Supper     99
The Secret of The Secret     105
Beware of False Idol Votes     117
Business
I'll Have an Iced Grande Vanilla Nonfat Conspiracy     127
Rummy and the Bird Flu     135
Evian is Naive Spelled Backwards     139
Miracles
Dead Man Talking!     145
It's a Miracle-That Some People Believe This Stuff     153
The Culture
The "War" on Christmas     165
Classical Gas     177
Warning: Jager Bombs Can Kill You!     181
The Godless Dollar Coin     187
Rock Me Nostradamus     191
Politics
Bush's Mystery Bulge     197
Barack Obama: Radical Muslim!     203
The Hate Crime Prevention Act     209
Movies
Of Soylent Green and Men in Black: The Best and Worst Conspiracy Movies Ever Made     215
Index     237
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