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Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories, The (3rd) (Rough Guide to...) [Kindle Edition]

James McConnachie , Robin Tudge
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Book Description

Fully revised and updated, The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories sorts the myths from the realities, the allegations from the explanations and the paranoid from the probable.

Who might be trying to convince us that climate change is or isn't real?

What is the truth behind the death of Osama bin Laden and is he still alive?

When did the CIA start experimenting with mind control?

Where is the HAARP installation and did it have anything to do with the Japanese tsunami disaster?

Why is surveillance in our cities and online so widespread and what are the real benefits?

This definitive guide to the world's most controversial conspiracies wanders through a maze of sinister secrets, suspicious cover-ups hidden agendas and clandestine operations to explore all these questions - and many many more.

Now available in Kindle format.

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A succinct compilation of all the best in lunatic, eccentric and sometimes worryingly plausible schemes What's On in London

About the Author

James McConnachie was born and brought up in south London, and was a scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied English. Touring the Loire in the back seat of a Citroen DS, as a child, inspired an early love of travel, but his first trips for Rough Guides were to Spain and Italy - and he remains passionate about both countries. Then, in 2002, James joined Dave Reed as co-author of the Rough Guide to Nepal. As a student, he had spent nine months teaching in a village in the Everest foothills, but travelling all over the country, in the middle of a Maoist insurrection, really put his knowledge of Nepali culture and language to the test - and never more urgently than when persuading a local Maoist that he was not in fact a CIA spy. After Nepal, James returned to his Francophile roots. He was commissioned to rewrite the Rough Guide to Paris, alongside Ruth Blackmore, and then headed back to the Loire valley to write his own, new guidebook: the Rough Guide to the Loire. Meanwhile, travel-related TV and radio appearances, including stints on the sofa with Richard and Judy and guesting on Radio 4's Excess Baggage, led to presenting work on Italy Inside Out, a five-part BBC series on Italian language and culture, and Kirsty Wark's Tales from Paris. James has also taken photographs for Rough Guides in Rome, Florence, Venice and Hawaii.In recent years, James has turned to history. With Robin Tudge, he co-authored the bestelling Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories, which exposes the truth behind over a hundred conspiracy canards, and explores whether there is a conspiracist version of history. Bevis Hillier, in the Spectator, called it "unusually intelligent and laced with black humour". In The Book of Love: In Search of the Kamasutra (Atlantic), James traced the secretive story of the world's most notorious sex book, focusing on its discovery and pirate publication by the nineteenth-century explorer Richard Burton and his scandal-mongering coterie. William Dalrymple, writing in The Times, called it "elegant and stylish", The Washington Post found it a "first-rate work of intellectual history", and it won him a shortlisting for Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2008. Scandalized by the shrill and shallow quality of most modern sex manuals, James then decided to write his own: a book that wouldn't only discuss "how to do it", but would bring in history, ethics, politics, science and culture as well. The Observer called his subsequent Rough Guide to Sex "a comprehensive, fearless book, part socio-history and part manual". The writer and feminist Jenny Diski found it "funny and thoughtful"; the book's "clarity and straightforwardness", she reckoned, "would make anyone who has been young and befuddled (or old and befuddled) weep with gratitude." James now lives in Winchester, Hampshire, with his young family, but makes regular trips to France and Nepal to keep his guidebooks up to date. He is passionate about singing, books, languages, walking and wildlife. He is represented by David Godwin and welcomes comments via his blog.

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  • File Size: 6596 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 3 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of theories touched on here but.... May 18, 2013
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I bought this book hoping to get an entertaining sample of various and less-well known conspiracy theories. Things like the JFK assassination have been done over and over again. My plan was to attempt to use this info to provide some interesting snippets/alternative points of view to lectures I give, and show how actual events are perceived differently by differing groups as time progresses. (I'm a history professor at a major university in the US.)

to be fair, this book does touch on a lot of different conspiracy theories. Admittedly when dealing with something as factually nebulous as what are considered "conspiracy theories" it would be difficult to write an even handed account. My biggest problem with this book is that it doesn't seem to me that McConnachie even tried to do so and his biases show through quite clearly to anyone reading his work with a critical and skeptical eye. This ruins the book. It does so because, for a work like this to be of any value on a subject like this to those of us who are not "conspiracy theorists" by nature, the book needs to be clearly unbiased.

Instead, this book is laced with innuendo against what I can only assume are groups/viewpoints with which McConnachie has some sort of a personal axe to grind. While we all have our views/biases, the value of this book would be improved greatly (in my estimation) had the author just been honest about his own from the beginning instead of trying to pass this book off as some even-handed unbiased account.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much bias, and not enough "Objective views". May 22, 2013
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While I really liked the earlier editions of this quite entertaining conspiracy series by rough guide books....I feel like they got a little biased with this issue. They seem to drift a little away from their "objectiveness" on certain subjects that involve "conservative
values". To put it quite bluntly...the authors let a little of their liberal bias kinda bleed through here and there. This was quite annoying, and quite out of place, for a book that claims to be only stating facts, and leaving the reader to determine was pretty obvious that they are liberal to the core. Even if you agree with their quite biased liberal views on things like the global warming fiasco, and blaming Bush for everything from WMD's to pimples on a teenager's will still get bored with their
selection of conspiracies. I certainly was.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When I first picked up and started reading this book, I was very excited. It covered several stories and seemed to be organized and laid out rather well. The more I read, the more I became disappointed. For starters, the words "FEDERAL RESERVE" don't even appear in the index....Furthermore, the author seemed to have a consistent theme of backing-off themes which attack the left side of the politically-idealogical spectrum. I'd love to see this layout and organization coupled with somebody who is more concerned about identifying the truth, rather than supporting a political affiliation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read! March 2, 2015
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It arrived today March 2nd in excellent condition. Thanks so much!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book March 2, 2013
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Great Book and once you start you can not put it down, Even if you do not believe in them it will hold your interest.
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