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Conspiracy Theories (Pocket Essential series) Hardcover – January 1, 2006
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
This book gave NO information relating to specific conspiracy theories, most of the topics of discussion were British in nature (which is fine if you live in Britian, but I'm in the US and none of that means anything to me) and is no more than a rambling mess about why conspiracy theories exist (in the author's opinion, of course) and footnotes. Extremely repetative, no structure or organization.
This book is a mess and not worth a dime.... If you are looking for information on specific theories or detailed information about anything, DO NOT GO HERE!! I am giving it one star because I can't give it zero....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Veryinterestingly exp[lains the many different conspiracy theories that have amazrd those who really want to know the answer to all the questions.Published on November 7, 2012 by John M. Wasilnak
This isn't so much a book on specific conspiracy theories as it is a book on the nature of conspiracy theories.
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