The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories (3rd)


The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories is the definitive guide to the world's most controversial conspiracies.

From phoney crucifixions to the Philadelphia Experiment, and from stolen elections to manufactured viruses, there's always another story lurking behind the Official Version. Some theories are sobering, some troubling, others simply crazy...

In the Rough Guide, all the usual suspects are dragged out of...

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The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories is the definitive guide to the world's most controversial conspiracies.

From phoney crucifixions to the Philadelphia Experiment, and from stolen elections to manufactured viruses, there's always another story lurking behind the Official Version. Some theories are sobering, some troubling, others simply crazy...

In the Rough Guide, all the usual suspects are dragged out of the shadows: from the CIA to the UN, via the IMF and KGB; from Freemasons and the Russian Mafia to lingering Nazis.

The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories sorts the myths from the realities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409362456
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/4/2013
  • Series: Rough Guide to... Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 558,264
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James McConnachie authored the first edition of The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories and the best-selling Rough Guide to the Da Vinci code. Robin Tudge has written extensively on the subject of conspiracy theories for the national press

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Table of Contents

General introduction ix
Assassinations and downfalls
Introduction 3
Tutankhamun and the curse of the pharaoh 4
Jesus of Nazareth and the case of the missing penis 7
A great reckoning in a little room: Christopher Marlowe 8
The poisoning of Mozart 11
Frank Olson 15
Marilyn Monroe 17
The CIA and Castro 20
John F. Kennedy 23
Malcolm X 32
Dr Martin Luther King Jr 34
Robert Kennedy 37
Harold Wilson 41
Salvador Allende 43
Elvis Presley 46
Pope John Paul I 48
Suicided at Blackfriars Bridge: Roberto Calvi 50
A living sacrifice: Archbishop Romero 52
John Lennon 55
Paul McCartney is dead 58
Death of a princess: Diana 59
Kim Jong-il: a very quiet coup 64
Dr David Kelly 64
Mega-conspiracies and master plans
Introduction 71
Knights of the shadows: the Templars 73
Freemasonry: centuries of conspiracy? 76
The Illuminati 85
The Rosicrucians 87
The Blood Libel: the longest-running conspiracy theory of all 89
Conspiracy of fear: satanic ritual abuse 92
Holocaust denial 94
Anne Frank: teenager or face of an international conspiracy? 96
The Armenian genocide 98
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion 100
Daniel Pipes and the Hidden Hand 104
The British royal family 105
The Central Interference Agency 109
The military-industrial complex 112
Men in Black 114
The military-entertainment complex 115
Currency codes: from Masonic dollars to ten-agora coins 117
Italy: land of conspiracy 122
Wrestling with the Octopus: Danny Casolaro 128
The Gemstone File 131
California's queen of conspiracy: Mae Brussell 132
The EU 135
The Council on Foreign Relations 137
The Trilateral Commission 139
Organized crime 141
Secret services 144
Miracles, secrets and lies: conspiracies of religion
Introduction 149
The great conspiracy: patriarchy and the Great Goddess 150
The New World Religion conspiracy 153
Dead Sea cover-up 154
Miscellaneous for sale 154
The Jesuits 158
Jesus the myth 160
The suppressed Apostle: Mary Magdalene as feminine divine 164
The Cathars 166
Benedict XVI: The Panzer Pope 170
Opus Dei: the holy Mafia 171
The Land of the Free
Introduction 175
Watergate: a third-rate burglary 176
Jonestown 181
Ronald Reagan and the October Surprise 185
Iran-Contra: no theory 186
October surprises 191
The White Alliance: the CIA, the Contras and cocaine 196
Did not snort: Clinton and the "Mena" Affair 198
Gangland peninsula 200
Clintongates: ruining people is considered a sport 202
The Clinton body count 204
Waco 207
OKC: the Oklahoma City bombing 212
The elections of George W. Bush 216
The great election robbery of 1876 217
Skull, Bones and Bush 221
Corporate clampdown
Introduction 225
The international banking conspiracy 226
Nazi gold 231
The New World Order 234
The World Economic Forum 237
Perpetual war on perpetual energy 240
The eternal light bulb and the Phoebus Cartel 243
Microsoft 245
Cyberdisease and Y2K 248
Bar codes 250
ECHELON and the world wide web 251
Fluoride 253
A cure for cancer 257
Real weapons of mass destruction
Introduction 265
The Black Death 266
The Philadelphia Experiment 268
Port Chicago 271
Chemical cover-ups 274
AIDS 277
SARS 282
Secret bases 283
Microwaves 289
The origins of HAARP 291
Sea, air and space: calamities and cover-ups
Introduction 295
The Titanic 297
The Lusitania 299
Lockerbie 301
TWA 800 306
Roswell and Majestic-12 311
Alien Abductions 313
The Apollo moon landing 316
Introduction 325
The USS Maine and the Spanish-American War 327
Operation Northwoods 329
Pearl Harbor 330
The Invasion of Poland 335
Odessa and the Org 335
The Cold War conspiracy 338
The Gulf of Tonkin incident and the Vietnam War 343
The Israeli attack on USS Liberty 348
The Kremlin and the Chechen rebels 353
The Great Game: Afghanistan and Caspian gas 359
9/11 360
Iraq: the case for war 371
The first Gulf War 372
Iraq: the real reasons for war? 380
The Project for the New American Century 381
The capture of Saddam Hussein 388
Saddam and the CIA 391
Conspiracy Theory Archive
Books 389
Conspiracy Movies 393
Websites 398
Picture credits 403
Index 405
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