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
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"If you're not already paranoid, you may be after reading this book. This primer hits the highlights of murder plots, suicides, extraterrestrials, government cover-ups, and religious mysteries throughout the centuries." —Booklist (August 2012)
"The Steigers' present in this massive book a truly wide and fascinating range of material dealing with an endless array of startling scenarios of conspiracy and secret societies. There's virtually everything here." —Alternate Perceptions (July 2012)
"Riveting tome. . . . Written in an accessible, entertaining style. . . . Chock-full of engrossing and provocative articles. . . . While this work may offend, enrage, and even frighten some, it's sure to be a hit with conspiracy enthusiasts." —School Library Journal (June 2012)
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"I predict this book will come to be the standard by which all efforts at codifying the world's hidden - and inextricably linked - power mechanisms will be judged. It is a true geopolitical, historical classic . . . a marvel by any measure . . . and will be read decades from now as the ultimate window back into a world seemingly gone mad." —Jeff Rense, Editor-in-Chief, www.rense.com
"Well worth adding to any library . . . but be forewarned: reading this work may just change your outlook on life, and for that matter, the entire world you thought you knew . . . radical shifts in your accepted reality may await!" —www.GralienReport.com
"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." —Joshua P. Warren, author and host, Speaking of Strange