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Product Details

  • Paperback: 556 pages
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578591740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578591749
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Name a conspiracy theory that has made its way into the popular mass media, and it is most likely included in this informative and entertaining encyclopedia, which provides an introduction for anyone looking for "the basics" about any of the well-known and even lesser-known theories. Included among the nearly 200 alphabetically arranged entries are Diana, Princess of Wales; Internet--a tool of the new world order; Knights Templar; Raelians; and Roswell, New Mexico, UFO crash. Entries range from short paragraphs to several pages in length, and sources are listed. The writing style is elementary without being condescending. The authors state that they are "reporting without bias." This does appear to be the case, based on reading random entries on a wide variety of subjects.

The index makes up somewhat for the lack of cross-references. A list of "Resources to Assist in Conspiracy and Secret Society Research" includes recommended books, films, and Web sites. The volume is attractively laid out, with black-and-white images, sketches, and photos.

This is a captivating look at a topic that fascinates many. Recommended for public libraries and elsewhere where interest is apparent. Terri Tomchyshyn
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“This is a captivating look at a topic that fascinates many. Recommended.”  —Booklist

"Just about every odd, secretive and intellectually indulging subject is proposed and explained . . . [I]n the scope of conspiracy and secretive societies published works goes, this has to be my favorite. Definitely worth the price of admission."

More About the Author

Brad Steiger is a world renowned author of over 150 books with over 17
million copies in print. His titles include; "Mysteries of Time and Space", "Real Ghosts", "Restless Spirits and Haunted Places",
"Conspiracies and Secret Societies: The Complete Dossier", "Touched by Heaven's Light", "American Indian Medicine Power", "Strangers from the Skies", "Project Bluebook", "The Rainbow Conspiracy", "UFO Odyssey" and many more.

Steiger first began publishing articles on the unexplained in 1956; since then he has written more than 2,000 paranormal themed articles. From 1970-73, his weekly newspaper column, "The Strange World of Brad Steiger", was carried domestically in over 80 newspapers and overseas from Bombay to Tokyo. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19, 1936. He is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, author and co-author of over 22 books. They have two sons, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. Reality Press and Steiger Werks are pleased to announce the re-release of "Revelation - The Divine Fire", which is a compelling investigation into people who claim to be in spiritual communication with a higher intelligence. "Revelation" is a true Steiger classic that is as relevant and fresh today as it was when it was first published. For more info go to

Customer Reviews

If you like to read about conspiracies you will love this book.
t smith
Also, this book is very reliable, listing ALL its sources of information.
Stephen "Indiana" Spielberg
Conspiracies and Secret Societies is one of their best books yet.
Mr. Louis V. Proud

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Joshua P. Warren on March 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a professional radio host, I read a LOT of books, and am familiar with the latest efforts of the world's best authors. Though I've immensely enjoyed the Steigers' work for most of my life, this book is truly a masterpiece. Many books on conspiracies are burdensome to appreciate. You must absorb yourself in a complex network of heavy reading that can quickly become exhausting. When I received this 540-page book, I wondered if it would take 6 months to read. But after only one minute of thumbing through the work, I was hooked, and found myself turning page after page, losing myself in the material.

The sections are so digestible and "to the point" that you can learn an enormous amount of information from one page, stopping at any place with a sense of satisfaction. It's like reading short stories. I'm amazed by how they condensed so much information, sweeping comprehensively through all of history, while still keeping one's attention span. I'll never loan out this book because I know I'll never see it again!

If you could only own one book on conspiracies, this is it. It's the culmination of meticulous, balanced research, seasoned storytelling, and a sense for the reader's needs, earned over decades by the Steigers' submersion in this field. Whenever I need information on conspiracies, whether personally or for show preparation, this is the book I will grab from the shelf. The Steigers know what their readers want. Trust me, if you're interested in this subject, buy this book.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
* You are only paranoid if they aren't out to get you.*


Brad and Sherry have hit one out of the ball park with this one! This book is so devilishly fun to flip through, it's hard to put down (since receiving it Wednesday, I've spent the past few days with little sleep).

No matter if you are a serious researcher or just like conspiracies for the fun of it, this book is an essential for your collection. It does not matter on which side of the political fence you reside; this book goes directly down the center of the fence, displaying both democratic and republican based conspiracies. This book portrays each entry in an entirely fair matter, basing each entry on the given facts, and never without injected personal commentary favorable to either side. Listings include the Aids virus, Men in Black, a plethera of secret societies, alien abductions, the Bush family connections, the Clinton administration's body count, Iran / Contra, the Thule Society, Freemasonry, Waco, The Oklahoma City bombings, Osama Bin Ladin, FBI, CIA, the face on Mars, Moon bases, Alternitive 3, Military experaments, researchers who have died of mysterious cercomstances, Hanger 18, Neo-Nazies, the KKK,HAARP, just to cover a pitifull few. More information than a sane "sheeple" would ever want to know!

The only thing you might find negitive is that Brad began with an index of over 350 entries, however, due to time constraints, had to narrow down to the current 250 or so entries...which is enough to keep you buisy for more hours than you may care to spend (but fun hours at that). You will find most of the biggest conspiracy theories of not only this century, but throughout written history. If you are an expert, you may find a favorite or two left out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patricia C. Ress on February 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a journalist-author-researcher. I have had occasion to research 'conspiracy theories' to a great extent over the past two decades. Some information has been good, but some is unsubstantiated speculation that is little more than worthless! If I had had Brad Steiger's latest book, I would have saved myself a lot of money and wasted hours of reading and trying to decide which information was bogus or real. This book tells all! And it hits the most important and substantiated information available to the reading public. Buy it! Read it! You will not be disappointed! I got more information from it than I did from the last dozen 'conspiracy' books I have read!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Franklin Ruehl on March 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Mothman Death List! The Thule Society! President

Eisenhower's secret meeting with ETs! Noah's Ark! The

Salem Witchcraft Trials!

These are just a few of the intriguing subjects

covered in Brad and Sherry Steiger's comprehensive new

tome, "Consipracies and Secret Societies." This is a

veritable treasure trove of fascinating material

covering topics from the ancient to the modern era,

even such contemporary issues as the West Nile virus

and Hurricane Katrina.

Each absorbing entry is enveloped in such a depth

of research that I have learned new facts on subjects

that I thought I was an expert on!

With its encyclopedic style, you can open it open

anywhere and become imemdiately engrossed in the topic

at hand. It has my highest commendation to anyone who

has even just a fleeting interest in conspiracies.

Truly, the Steigers have produced another winner!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 14, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Plenty of books have been written individually about select secret societies: now here's a handy A-Z reference which covers them all under one cover, providing over five hundred pages reviewing 300 individuals, organizations, and events which have puzzled modern times. From contemporary issues such as satellite snooping to historical background on societies such as the Freemasons, entries provide plenty of coverage and describe major events and secret societies with relevance to today's world. CONSPIRACIES AND SECRET SOCIETIES: THE COMPLETE DOSSIER is a must for any collection strong in investigative inquiry.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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