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Henry Makow is extremely dangerous. Because he is so bold and original, his ideas provoke---dare I say it---thought. Dr. Makow thoroughly explains the conspiracy for world government. That is why it is trying to shut him down. Read this book! --Alan Stang --Personal Endorsement

I recently purchased and read "Cruel Hoax," and "Illuminati, The Cult That Hijacked the World." Both brilliant in their own unique way. Although I'm not a stranger to the subject, they offered insights that I find valuable. Of all the books that I have, your books are the ones that I will encourage my children to read and actually study.-- Michael --Reader Feedback

About the Author

Henry Makow wrote a weekly advice-to-parents column for 50 newspapers when he was eleven; and invented the popular bordgame "Scruples" when he was 34. His third act is to explain the reason for the demise of Western Civilization and the ominous trend to totalitarianism in his books "Cruel Hoax: Feminism" and the "New World Order, and Illuminati- The Cult that Hijacked the World."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Silas Green; First Press Edition edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439211485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439211489
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Pipher on June 30, 2011
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When I began reading this book, it put me in mind of something a friend of mine said recently when I encouraged him to read a book which I found particularly interesting: "I don't read books," he said, "because I'm not sure I can believe anything I read." In many ways, I found this book to be very much like that. Early on, in fact, I got the impression that the author had simply gathered every scrap of information he could find and everything he could think of and threw it against the wall hoping that some of it would stick. But, as I delved deeper into the book, I realized that if only half of what he said was true, the United States and the world at large are on the brink of a world-wide catastrophe of immeasurable proportions: A "New World Order" featuring a one-world socialist government controlled by the international banking cartel which currently prints the world's money and controls its credit. Saddest of all: This book provides a great deal of credible evidence indicating that that is precisely where the world stands at this very moment.

But the book does much more than that! It also answers a lot of perplexing questions. Among them: What "is" the "Illuminati," who founded it and why? What's the connection between the "Illuminati" and "Freemasonry," and what's the significance of being a "33rd Degree Mason? Was the Chief of German Intelligence, during WWI, really the brother of Paul Warburg, the man primarily responsible for America's Federal Reserve System? Why is it said that the United States' dollar is backed only by "debt"? Was J. Pierpont Morgan actually an agent of the Rothschild banking empire based in Britain? Was Woodrow Wilson's chief advisor and alter-ego, Edward Mandell House, a known Marxist, in reality an agent of the House of Rothschild?
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful By syed saboor on January 4, 2010
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Ever since I heard of Henry Mackow, I have been an avid reader of his articles and books. Mackow makes it clear the warped maneuverings of organizations like the Illuminati and others in trying to pave the way for a New World Order. Actually, when I read his latest book, "The Illuminati: The Cult that Hijacked the World," all my past thoughts about conspiracy theories and the impact of an elite group of men and institutions bent on creating war, discords, corruption, amongst other things became crystal clear, and even logical. After all, throughout history there have always been--to steal a term from Adam Smith--a "hidden" hand engineering revolutions and calamities to create a terrain commnensurate with their interests. The Opium wars in China, the disaster of the U.S.S. Maine, the blowing up of the Reichstag, etc..

In this book, "The Illuminati," Mackow takes the reader through a trajectory of a history marked with connivance of high officials and groups, who use human beings as guinea pigs and fund mass murderers. In an effort to destabilize society, they create vice and then force it unto the masses. War is used to sabotage society as well as install their power brokers in an effort to maintain the secret societies' control of the status quo. And much of this does ring true. If anybody is aware of the founding of Ameica, secret societies, like the Freemasons played a central role in the creation of the United States.

The most vivid aspect of this book is how Mr. Mackow shows conclusively with evidence about the ultimate objective of the "elite." He shows how conspiracy is real and not fiction, especially when he debunks the attacks on "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion." The book itself lays out the blueprint for world government, which is going on right now.
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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2009
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If you're not sure whether you should buy this book, I urge you to go to and take a look at some of the articles that Makow has authored. I have spent many hours on researching this topic, and Makow has been one of the best sources for information to date. The accuracy and clarity of his writings is remarkable. It's time we found out the truth about the world, the way it's run, and where it's headed. It may be a harsh dose of reality, but "the truth will set us free".
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70 of 83 people found the following review helpful By MG on October 1, 2012
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So- I have been interested in the topic of elusive illuminati for a while and was excited to finally read a book about the topic to find out more. The PHD title held by this author also gave me the feeling of validity.
But about half way into this book I realized:
1.) Topics- and literal sentences were being repeated over and over and over. Barely even paraphrased. It almost felt a little like an attempt at brainwashing.
2.) That I was reading the author's STRONG opinions- with facts and references to back up his point of view when it referenced actual historical events.
3.) He believes that Jewish bankers are the "devil"- he could have just typed these words over and over- and called it a wrap. Which I guess he kind of did- this particular point was OVERMADE and actually became irritating- whether its true or not- is not even my gripe- its how he tries to drill into the reader's head to get this point across that got irritating.

Once I realized these things- I started flipping and skimming around- and noticed that toward the end it became really wacky. Referencing how before 2010 arrives San Fransicsco will be in the sea- and 2012 will be some end of world catastrophic event- and that's when I put this book down- and am skimming amazon to hopefully find a non fanatical book about the illuminati what they are- what they stand for- and what they are trying to make happen. That's really all I was hoping for this book to be..
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