The book's primary value, then, apart from the snippets of conspiracy "proof" it does provide, is in Wilson's playful yet insightful articulation of the psychology and linguistics of conspiratorial thinking. "Because we can say 'the Jews' or 'the New World Order' or 'the Patriarchy,'" he writes, "we can believe, or almost believe, that these grammatical abstractions have the same kind of reality as basketballs, barking dogs, and baked beans." There are also some fun private jokes, including a lot of data on the Discordians. It's not the best Wilson book--that, perhaps, is Masks of the Illuminati--but it's an adequate introduction to his imaginative philosophy. --Ron Hogan
For me it reads like a dictionary, as to a book within itself.
Despite these flaws, the book does offer up some interesting information on various topics, many of which I was not previously aware of.
If you are jaded and believe that there is nothing new under the sun that you have not already heard of, then get this book.
R.A.W writes in the usual humorist tone, while sharing what still amounts to the most popular conspire theories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Lorenz
For fans of Wilson's Illuminatus! books this will seem like familiar territory however where Illuminatus! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Schmidt
This book has everything....fear, loathing, hate, love, confusion, and enlightenment...all in one package. Parts were absolutely hysterical, others crazy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Moeller
My favorite book. I take it with me to the throne even for those difficult times...Published 6 months ago by A. G. Freeman
You can never get enough information concerning all the conspiracy theories and the various stories and explanations about them, the more stories, the more theories.Published on November 7, 2012 by John M. Wasilnak
This book contains most of the Conspiracy Theories you can think of and its interesting. Someone at work told be about the book after I overheard her talking about it. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by C. Sanders
The book is a sort of encyclopedia about secret organizations (funny that so much is known about them), conspiracies, and other themes familiar to readers of The Illuminatus! Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Wolf77
Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007) was a novelist, poet, playwright, lecturer, stand-up comic, Futurist, and psychologist. He was the author of books such as the The Illuminatus! Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Steven H Propp