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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Cruel Hoax" is one of those rare, life-changing books which most readers will wish they had discovered years ago. Had I known what author Henry Makow has so clearly revealed and explained in this book when I was in college, the essential mystery of the male-female relationship would have become comprehensible. Instead, I faced the future devoid of a clear understanding as to what hidden forces were shaping the ever changing interplay of men and women to each other and to family, children and society.

While reading this revelatory work, I could not help being transported back to the first time I stumbled across the work of Marshall McLuhan and his book, "The Mechanical Bride", a book which dissected the effects of the advertising industry both immediately before and after WWII. In it, McLuhan described how the psychological manipulators of Madison Avenue, armed with the work and insight of Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud's nephew, were able to tailor their advertising to not simply sell products, but more importantly, to manipulate men and women at the most fundamental levels by stimulating their most basic hopes and fears of upward mobility, social acceptance and sexual desirability in order to move products. It, too, was a life changing book for me. For rather than continue to think of society as something which organically progressed and grew of its own unconscious accord, I realized that hidden manipulators, thru the subtle tailoring of advertising which addressed fundamental fears, needs and desires of individuals within society, were capable of directing that society towards certain predetermined ends.

Henry Makow continues to mine this rich vein of social observation to show how the basic male-female relationship, as well as our attitudes towards children and family, state and government, have been purposely manipulated to create a society plagued by dysfunctional men and women who seemingly think they know what they want, yet are unhappy once they actually acquire or achieve what they have been repeatedly conditioned to believe will make them happy.

But "Cruel Hoax" doesn't stop there; that's just the beginning. Makow investigates the use of pornography as a means of arresting proper male development, and its use as a substitute for satisfactory relationships. He shows how homosexuality is being cultivated by the societal overlords who control our advertising, film and media industries to create legions of adults who are ambivalent about their sexual identities or who question continually their choices in the dead-end search for a "partner" who becomes nothing more than a live masturbatory substitute for their dry day dreams, rather than a life partner who can satisfy them in every dimension.

The true value of "Cruel Hoax" is that Makow reveals that none of this has happened accidentally; it is all by design, courtesy of the same financial and occult forces (The Illuminati) which have dumbed down our educational process and crippled our economy for their own benefit.

Commendably, Henry Makow also vividly describes the basis of a healthy male-female relationship and why such a relationship is essential for the creation of healthy children and a strong family unit. Predictably, it is the strong family unit, the building block and bedrock for a healthy society, that has been the target in the cross hairs of those financial elite and occult forces which have been loosed upon our society since the turn of the last century. The introduction of public education and the mass media, both of which have worked hand-in-glove to create a new male - female paradigm based upon miscasting the traditional role of male as protector and breadwinner, and female as mother and homemaker, are portrayed in our media culture, instead, as one of vile oppression designed to stifle and sabotage female dreams and ambitions, while marriage is subtly yet continually referenced as preventing males from casting their wild oats into whatever handy female receptacles may be available.

Makow shows, with bitter irony, what happens to those same women who, in their mid-life crises, realize that they have achieved corporate advancement only by exchanging the most basic and fundamental pleasures for which they were created. Instead of being the nucleus around which healthy children and a strong family can grow and bond to make a positive contribution to our society and the world at large, they are barren, frustrated, angry and sad because they have been cleverly tricked and deceived into thinking that corporate advancement would satisfy the vacuum nature intended them to fill as the center of a husband and children's love.

This same permanent detour of Nature's natural fulfillment also has male consequences. Rather than establishing and bonding with a woman earlier in their life to raise a strong, healthy, happy family, many men have been sidetracked into chasing the eternal feminine nymph so perfectly presented in Hugh Hefner's imaginary world of the never aging Playboy. It is only with the regret of many years in this never ending pursuit that males gradually awaken to discover that a committed relationship to one woman is not only possible, but desirable; and that children, far from being a burden and a "drag" on their social lives, are the primary means of Nature's enrichment as human beings. Husbands and wives see their love reflected back to them in the form of their own children, their living progeny embarked upon a voyage to the future which, while they may not be present, make possible for them to enter into a contract with their Creator for immortality.

In "Cruel Hoax" we learn how the same people who finance Capitalism also finance its supposed "antithesis", Communism, for the purpose of controlling society's malleable populations thru the manipulation of media by playing upon the psychic and fundamental needs, fears, wishes and desires that are universal throughout humanity. We learn how various "movements" such as "Feminism" are directly linked to Communism and financed by the very same people, for the direct purpose of subverting the fundamental values of society while weakening and destroying the family unit. We see how homosexuality and lesbianism, rather than being viewed as simple, statistically minor deviations from heterosexuality, are now "celebrated", cultivated and inculcated into children at an earlier and earlier age, all for the purpose of destroying the family unit and weakening our culture and society. Divide and Conquer is the motto of the "Illumined" Manipulators.

Most of all, "Cruel Hoax" clearly illustrates that the society in which we live did not simply "happen"; nor did the dysfunctional attitudes so many "liberated" "feminist" men and women currently exhibit develop as a better way of forging stronger heterosexual relationships. On the contrary, more men and women are going thru life frustrated, unfulfilled, bitter, empty, resentful and only realizing far past their prime that the "good life" that has been sold to them via the mass media of parties, promiscuity, alcohol, drug abuse, material consumption and continued self indulgence is nothing more than a dead-end prescription for perpetual unhappiness.

Had this book been written several decades ago, perhaps an entire generation of men and women would have been far happier doing what Nature intended. I know it would have made a supreme difference in my own life. May I recommend it with the highest possible rating, that it may still make a positive difference in yours.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I started reading Makow after 9/11. He explained how that attack and feminism were part of a larger assault on us. In 2001, I was in disbelief. It took me a few years to see that I was a feminist and didn't even know it. Cruel Hoax is simply "transformative." It will allow others to experience rapidly the "about face" that took me six years. And it will relieve you of a lot of needless guilt in the process.
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2007
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The book Cruel Hoax is a bold book that basically brings forward most of the things that are corrupt in this world. Dr. Makow has a gift to bring forward the truth with clear and interesting writing. He has a special insight that detects such disturbing agendas of the elite such as homosexuality, feminism, communism, social engineering and much more. We are very much engineered to believe everything that we see, however, after reading this book I will tell you that my eyes opened up. Just read the book you'll gain a lot of knowledge that you were not taught in schools and universities. A courageous, strong and able author; thank you Dr. Makow.
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54 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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I finished Cruel Hoax this afternoon. I enjoyed it very much.

I can say without reservation that I can put Henry Makow in the Pantheon with other courageous people I know. To qualify for a place of honour, someone has to look for the truth and honestly report what he finds -- especially if doing so has a personal cost. Some other people in the Pantheon are: Alfred Lilienthal and his assistant Suzanne Nicole, Norman Finkelstein, Jennifer Loewenstein, Ran HaCohen, Mearsheimer and Walt, and Noam Chomsky. Henry Makow is in good company. This club is growing. So watch out.

Makow's main thesis is that we human beings are under attack on all fronts. His case is well made. "Feminism" has been a brilliant method to neuter and demoralize both men and women, destroy the family and introduce a bacillus into the body politic which has wreaked havoc and which may be fatal.

Henry Makow's overview of the disasters of the 20th Century as orchestrated by the super rich -- the Illuminati -- makes sense: EVERYBODY is a victim in this tragedy which keeps unfolding day after day as the new millennium develops. Serious people need to take a serious look.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2007
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This book literally, with accurate description, describes the overall problem that is affecting western society today: the destruction of positive male-female relations along with the mass acceptence of "alternative" sexuality which is just an inversion of natural male-female dynamics. The tome also ventures into globalism and the Luciferian spiritual dynamics of the emerging New World Order. While truly enlightening at times and generally well cited (though in an unprofessional manner) , Dr. Makow could of published a better product by making the book more academic, with proper endnotes and a bibliography. I presume this would have been no great task for him seeing that he holds a doctorate in English Literature. Instead, the book is simply a collection of articles previously published on his vast website, [...]. Overall, a general good starting place for someone studying the New World Order and the destruction of the family for the first time. Follow the leads Dr. Makow presents and they will present a wealth of information to help formulate a clearer big picture of the unfolding events of our world today and their roots. Some personally recommended follow up books upon reading Cruel Hoax are: None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen, Shadows of Power by James Perloff, The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin, and One World by Tal Brooke. Also study the works of Professor Antony C. Sutton on the collaboration between monopolistic capitalism and communist tyranny. Lastly, research the correlation between the Power Elite and cultural Marxism, feminism, and the politics of the destruction of the nuclear family.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2007
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A great book and a very interesting read. I had trouble putting this one down. Henry exposes feminism for the stupidity that it is and provides the basics of the healthy heterosexual relationship. If your confused about relationships, getting a raw deal from the opposite sex or just plain sick of the BS this is the book for you. I saw someone write "Henry is like the dad I never had". In this book is valuable advice on how a healthy relationship works.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've just finished Cruel Hoax. Finally, here's 'the essential Henry Makow' in a book I can give to friends, rather than just refer them to your web site. This is the book I wish had been available when I was 21 back in the 1970's.

It's all here. All the critical dots connected for making sense of how the world we live in didn't just happen: it's the result of a long term business plan we're not supposed to know about.

Cruel Hoax reveals the hidden agenda, and follows through with reminding us that the solutions to putting the brakes on the great deceptions have been in our own hands all along.

Excellent and highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2011
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
You will probably not agree with everything in this book but its a must read for men and women. 4 stars- and 5 for the author's courage to confront such a "delicate" topic. I find it terribly ironic that in todays world we can talk about ANYTHING except the fact that heterosexual society is under attack. Men and women complete each other and are not meant to compete against each other! That is the core message of this book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
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IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT A BOOK COMES ALONG AND ACTUALLY DELIVERS MORE THAN YOU EXPECTED OR HOPED FOR. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE RARE AND MUST READ BOOKS. DELIVERED IN SHORT 3 TO 4 PAGE CHAPTERS, IT IS LIKE A SURVIVAL PANTRY STUFFED FULL AND OVERFLOWING WITH CONDENSED TRUTH. IN FACT THERE IS MORE INSIGHT AND RELEVANT INFORMATION PACKED INTO THE "INTRODUCTION" OF THIS BOOK THAN IN THE BODY OF MOST OTHER BOOKS ! AUTHOR HENRY MAKOW HAS DELIVERED A CRISP STINGING BLOW TO THE HIDDEN FACE OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER AND HES DONE IT IN A STARTLING NEW WAY. BY, IN HIS OWN WORDS, "CONNECTING THE DOTS". HE PAINTS A MASTERPIECE AND FOCUSES A BRIGHT FLOOD LIGHT ON THEIR METHODS AND MOTIVES GIVING THE REST OF US A RARE GLIMPSE INTO THE MECHANISMS OF DESTRUCTION AND UNIMAGINABLE POWER THEY WEILD OVER HUMANKIND. THE TASK IS NO SMALL FEAT YET MAKOW SEEMS TO HANDLE IT WITH EASE. TELLING ALOUD THEIR BIGGEST SECRETS AND CONNECTING THESE DOTS FOR THE REST OF US, DELIVERING COUNTLESS "AHA" MOMENTS FOR THE READER. MAKOW DEFTLY UNMASKS AND UNCLOAKS THEIR MANY SUBVERSIONS. HE NAMES NAMES AND LEADS THE READER LIKE AN EXPERIENCED GUIDE THROUGH THE MAZE OF DECEITS. HE TELLS OF A SMALL GROUP OF PERVERSE AND WORLDLY MEN, WITH OBSCENE WEALTH AND POWER AND A PLAN TO GRADUALLY DESTROY AND TRANSFORM EVERYTHING. THEY ARE POSESSED OF A GROSS MALEVOLENCE THAT SPANS AND CORRUPTS NOT ONLY THE GENERATIONS, BUT THE BORDERS, BOUNDARIES AND DISTINCTIONS OF MEN. THE "DOTS", MAKOW DRAWS OUT LIKE AN ARTIST IN HIS "DOT LIKE" CHAPTERS, ARE EACH BY THEMSELVES FASCINATING AND ILLUMINATING BUT AT THE SAME TIME A DISTRACTION FROM THE BIGGER PICTURE THAT EMERGES. LIKE THE NEW WORLD ORDERS PLAN TO DRAW THE WHOLE WORLD INTO ONE CENTRAL GOVERNANCE WITH ONE RELIGION , ONE ECONOMY, ONE LEADER AND ONE ANDROGENOUS SEX, MAKOW DRAWS ONE CLEAR CONCLUSION WITH HIS BOOK AND IT IS ONE WE ALL NEED TO SEE AND EMBRACE IF THERE IS ANY HOPE OF SURVIVING... DONT READ THIS BOOK... ABSORB IT !!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
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Exposing the social engineering that has us all confused and frustrated in our relationships, Makow powerfully reveals the history and agenda of the feminist movement and the resulting breakdown of family and homosexualization of society. Geared toward single young men bamboozled by the modern woman, Makow's message is urgent for both men and women. You cannot afford not to know what this book exposes. It will change the way you see the world.
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