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Big Book of Conspiracies (Factoid Books) Paperback – August, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Factoid Books
  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Paradox Press; Gph edition (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563891867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563891861
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In the past, I would roll my rapidly glazing eyes whenever I heard some formerly sensible person carrying the cudgels of conspiracy theories: you know the rants: the Trilateral Commission, CIA, FBI, Masons, and Secret Societies are all out to run the world and silence truth seekers with intimidation, death--or plankton up the nostrils--and it seems the body formerly inhabited by a friend is ready to board a ship to the moon. But then I came across this book, and I was stunned at the volume of detail and even facts that have been amassed by the obsessive believers in these seemingly wacko conspiracy theories. The most disturbing fact is that people investigating conspiracy theories seem to have the highest death rate of any profession -- other than shark dentists.

The editors adopt a sensible attitude: they do not claim that any interpretations in the book are necessarily true, but rather that these are truly things that conspiracy theorists have proposed. Note that this is a comic book of 39 tellings of almost as many conspiracy theories, but the comic-book medium in fact works very well. Recommended, unless some gruff voice calls me late at night and tells me to change my mind.... (Pssst: from the same people who brought you another Amazon.com Books favorite, The Big Book of Weirdos). --Jonathan Kochmer


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It's fun, scary and informative in a comic book styled tome.
Ingrid Tulloch
This could be the companion book to Mel Gibson's character in "Conspiracy Theory." Or the X-Files.
Anthony Ian
There are a few books on my required reading list and this one is right near the top.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an absolute must for anyone even mildly interested in conspiracy theory. You could read a stack of library books and still not get what you'd get out of this. Each "theory" (JFK, RFK, Area 51, Odessa Files, UFO's, etc.) is a legitimate theory which has been proposed elsewhere. The magic here is that the author has prepared, in comic book format, a synopsis of each theory. In ten minutes, you can get a very complete overview of any conspiracy theory out there. If you want more, there's a conveniant bibliography at the end, which I myself have consulted numerous times. I cannot begin to tell you how useful this book is, nor how quickly you can get a clear understanding of what's being said today on almost any conspiracy subject. The comic format is entertaining and very readable.....which is understandable, since the author has also been a top comic book writer for over twenty years now, I think, having authored Batman and some of the other better titles out there. Once again: easy to read, and a fantastic overview of various subjects which you can then find more information on in the bibliography. I STRONGLY recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in conspiracy theory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beauregard on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Doug Moench has really produced a very fine, entertaining, thought-provoking, not overly fantastic survey of that hot topic, conspiracy theories. The various artists definitely help out too, providing alternately sinister and amusing visual accompaniment to the narrative. Some of the more off-the-wall entries focus on Jim Morrison's perhaps faked death and his subsequent intelligence activities (!), the supposedly faked moon landing, and Robert Lazar's tall tales about flying saucers at secret air force bases in Nevada. More sinister, and credible, theories focus on various assassinations and government coverups from the Cold War era, including the Kennedy assassinations, CIA ties to former Nazis, and various LSD/mind control experiments. Moench knowingly mixes the outlandish and hilarious with darker stuff that we don't want to believe, but that the reader starts to think after a while could have some truth to it after all. Easily the best entry in the Paradox Press "big book" series in terms of entertainment value, and it also deserves credit for (fairly) seriously surveying this fascinating material, some of which should be more openly discussed. Read it with the lights on.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Larry Eischen on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Man! Paranoid fantasies don't come any weirder than this book. I've never seen a collection of conspiracy theories and revelations anywhere near this in scope and presentation. Presented in traditional comics format by a variety of artists, we're on a guided tour with a mysterious man in black specs who walks us through the Kennedy and King assasinations, UFOS, the founding of America by the Freemasons and any number of mysterious deaths of witnesses for any of the above. Fascinatng! This is enough conspiracy theory for another 20 years of X-files. Great job to Doug Moench and his art team!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven F. Scharff on October 25, 2001
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Comic strip depictions of most of the popular fields of debate over what is and isn't real. The JFK/RFK/MLK assassinations, lunar missions, the "pyramids" on Mars, UFO's and the USAF, the mysteries around Jim Morrison's death, Masonic memberships, globalist conspiracy plots, the gang's all here, folks! This book will throw a fresh monkey wrench into the gears of your mind. Just ignore that man on the grassy knoll and those black helicopters hovering over your house and buy this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Ian on September 29, 2000
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Awesome. You'd be surprised at how effective presenting the conspiracies in comic book form makes it a quick and fascinating read.
Oh, and did I say "horrifying"! Some of the best explanations of the RFK, JFK and King assassinations I've ever heard, and I've heard a lot. I definitely had a chill after reading some of them because they make a lot of sense.
This could be the companion book to Mel Gibson's character in "Conspiracy Theory." Or the X-Files.
Great stuff and an occasional comic tone that hits at just the right time.
Highest recommendation. More serious than you think. You will definitely start re-thinking a bunch of things. I'm getting the other books in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Tulloch on January 30, 2007
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It's a conspiracy to get us to buy one more conspiracy book. Seriously, I love the book. It's fun, scary and informative in a comic book styled tome. "Just 'cause you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to getcha". Get the book and see why there is ample reason to be. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Klevorn on January 14, 2005
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What a fun book to read! For all conspiracy theory nuts..don't miss this one! Jam packed with theories and done in great comic book format, just simply the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1995
Format: Paperback
The latest in "The Big Book of" series is a brief but comprehensive
overview of the big conspiracies - from JFK/MLK/RFK to UFOs to
to more the more modern Whitewater and Casolaro cases. Are they
all related? You be the judge. Even as a conspiracy layperson, I
could see the stories stretch the facts a bit to make a point (or is
that what the Illuminati want me to think?) The number of people
murdered/suicided in this book is enough to make one think twice
about nosing around. Makes you think if someone may be monitoring
your trail around the net. The graphics are great, the web tangled,
and now I find myself keywording CIA and UFO on Amazon.
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