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Conspiracy Theories (Pocket Essential series) Hardcover – January 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Essential series
  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books; 2nd edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190404865X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904048657
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,920,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pocket Essentials" is a dynamic new series of books that are short, snappy, and easy to read. Packed with facts, as well as opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, "parapolitics," and more. In addition to an introduction to the subject, each topic is individually analyzed and reviewed, examining its impact on popular culture. There's also a handy reference section that lists related web sites and all the weightier (and more expensive) books on the subject. For media buffs and students, these are great little entry-level books that build into an essential library. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Faisal A. Qureshi on May 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ramsay's book is an essential primer for those who are wary about going near so-called 'conspiracy theories'. Those expecting a zany account of UFO's and JFK theories will be surprised to find an informative text on the nature of conspiracy theories and why they should be taken seriously as part of the political landscape.
Ramsay doesn't waste his time on the 'zany' side of conspiracy theories, instead he looks at those that should be worthy for further investigation.
This slim volume is probably one of the most informative pocket books produced and should be a serious purchase for anyone interested in politics.
A reviewer mentions that she found the book worthless due to the UK bias shown by the author. I'll say this is an inaccurate statement. The author is trying to provide a concise introduction to this area. He ahould be applauded for providing clear footnotes and references that some of the "conspiracy theorists" tend to leave out and thus make it harder for readers to challenge their theories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liminal on June 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This work is a small, lucid and entertaining treatise on the much maligned work of those who dare to investigate political and criminal conspiracies. The reality of many alleged conspiracies have been proven beyond doubt. For instance, the proposition that Adolf Hitler was the target of a vast murder conspiracy in July 1944 cannot be denied by any serious commentator. Nor is there doubt Julius Caesar and numerous other violently deposed national leaders throughout history were known to be victims of conspiracies.

Ramsay points out that conspiratorial activity is commonplace and in a sense a form of normal human behaviour. Conventional political parties in Western societies are typically riddled with conspiratorial activities by their members engaged in what constitutes in aggregate what we call the "democratic process." Similarly, business enterprise and governmental operations worldwide are rife today with conspiracies. What was going on at Enron or World.com but many tiers of conspiratorial activities? What indeed is the multi-billion dollar CIA annual Operations Division budget spent on, if not for the design, implementation and covering up of covert actions in the form of conspiracies?

Unfortunately the concept "conspiracy theory" has become associated with reams of patently absurd nonsense, bizarre unfounded speculations and deliberate disinformation campaigns that have been widely published in the mass media.

This precisely is why contemporary society badly needs courageous investigative journalists and scholarly researchers to explore the terrain of clandestine political activities and criminal conspiracies.
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By John M. Wasilnak on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Veryinterestingly exp[lains the many different conspiracy theories that have amazrd those who really want to know the answer to all the questions.
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