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American Conspiracies: Interesting concept, hard to follow
on March 27, 2010
As an X-Phile and someone who has always been intrigued by conspiracy theories, I was looking forward to reading this book and wasn't disappointed (though I also wasn't blown away). Jesse Ventura, along with co-writer Dick Russell, explores history-changing events, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the Wall Street scandal. Each chapter delves into one of these events, outlining facts that point to government and/or CIA involvement, effectively contradicting what America was (and still is) told by the media and government itself. The theories are backed up by numerous sources and definitely give me pause. Some of these scenarios I've already heard, but others are complete eye-openers.
I'll admit I was wary when I found out who wrote the book, and that is my one sticking point. Though I'm sure the sources are credible, the tone of the writing is almost too conversational and argumentative, and it undermines the seriousness of the book. I'm not a fan of exclamation points, and this book has enough of them to cover the entire library. I'm also not sure about the little blurbs at the end of each chapter; they almost remind me of high school textbooks. I see what Ventura is trying to accomplish here, but we're not morons who need to be told what to do.
Overall, the concepts are great but the writing made it hard for me to follow at times. It's a must-read for anyone who has ever been even somewhat suspicious of the stories we've been fed over the years, if you can get past the sophomoric writing. As Fox Mulder would say: The truth is out there.