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Ron Rosenbaum The New York Times Book Review Often entertaining, more often disturbing...[Ronson] has gotten closer to these people than any journalist I can think of.
The Boston Globe A tremendous and discomfiting achievement.
Esquire A remarkable book.
The Nation I've never read such a delightful book on such a serious and important topic.
The San Diego Union-Tribune It takes a funny man to see the humor in all the conspiracy theories that float hatefully across the land, and Jon Ronson is a funny man. It takes a brave man to chase that humor right into the belly of the beast, and Jon Ronson is a brave man too.
- File Size : 1863 KB
- Publication Date : June 28, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (June 28, 2011)
- Print Length : 338 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00570B692
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,830 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is jam packed with facts and stories that will inform you, make you wonder, and will make you laugh hard enough to choke. Ronson's delivery is remarkably the-guy-next-door and he speaks with you as to take you into his confidence where he reveals his real thoughts, hilarious as they are. This book is a good and very fast read, and one you will feel a bit of sadness for as it ends; readers want the entertainment to continue! This is the sort of man you could sit and speak with for hours and never find a boring moment if his books are any indication. Buy this book! (And read it!)
Jon Ronson's Amazon page is amazon.com/Jon-Ronson/e/B001H6KH4U/ref=sr_tc_img_2?qid=1307218796&sr=1-2-ent
Ronson hangs out with Big Jim Tucker of The Spotlight as the two try to infiltrate the Bilderburger group and then successfully infiltrates The Bohemian Grove with Alex Jones. For those who don't know what that it is, it is an annual party of some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the United States who gather to let it all hang out - they get drunk and sacrafice an animal. 5 years ago, Alan Greenspan arrived at the grove by stepping off a lear jet with Malcom Forbes. He was wearing a hat with the words capitalist tool on them.
Ronson spends time with a KKK self-help guru who says it is time to stop using the N word, Omar Mohammed - the self-proclaimed "Bin Laden's man in Britian who unmasks Ronson as a Jew at a Jihad camp, Harold Ickes who claimes that lizards rule the world, and a man name Mr. Ru Ru.
And there is a poignant chapter with Randy Weaver and his family from Ruby Ridge.
Ronson lets all of these characters speek for themselves and they hilariously put their egos on display. A fun book. There is a reason why there are so many reviews of it here.
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I really wanted to love this book but it didn’t grab me quite as much as I’d hoped. I found the plot of conspiracy theorists and the Bilderberg Group really intriguing, but it didn’t actually work so well on paper. Personally, I found the stories in this novel felt disjointed and random, where I was expecting an easy flow of stories to tell a bigger story.
Some of the characters Jon meets felt far more interesting to me than others, and so that translated into the chapters. One could hold my attention and I would read it through all in one go, others felt lacklustre and slow, so I would put the book down and splash around in the pool instead. Maybe it was just the surroundings I was in, and maybe even the fact I had read The Boy on the Bridge just before this book, but I couldn’t seem to focus my attention on this.
Don’t get me wrong, the plot was really interesting and I did learn lots of new things about conspiracy theories that I hadn’t know before. I even did some of my own research on the Bilderberg Group afterwards (I found out that The Bilderberg Group actually came to Watford when I was a child and lived there, and the whole city centre was shut down!), so the topic was something that worked for me. Plus, there were definitely some funny moments and I did get a chuckle out of a few of the scenarios and conversations that Jon got himself into.
In the end, I think I thought this book was going to be something else? I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t exactly what I got. My mum did say to me that she felt this was his weakest book, so I’ve got more to look forward to with his other work… of which I will be giving a shot!
It sounds awful but one of the funniest parts is the internal conflicts between 2 rival factions of the KKK.
It details the times Jon Ronson spent with a series of interesting, bizarre, deluded, insightful and funny characters, with the overriding theme that they seemed to believe in some sort of centralised controlling NWO. Whether jihadists, survivalists, conspiracy theorists, journalists or seemingly friendly Klu Klux Klansmen they all believe someone (insert prejudice and/or delusion here) are trying to secretly control us from some locality or series of localities. Jon does a good job of humanising the characters while still paying justice to their stories and beliefs, all while maintaining a Louis Theroux like aloof humour which makes the book more readable. Although he does get a little caught in the moment a few times, this only adds to the intrigue, especially in one section dealing with a Bilderberg Group meeting and a phone call to the British Embassy. The funniest section on the "fundamentalist" Omar is like a script for Carry on Jihad and had me laughing several times, as did the possibly overacted ranting of Alex Jones, American radio host and self proclaimed NWO expert.
It certainly provided me with entertainment and was reasonably informative, and in spite of some formatting issues in the Kindle version, although nothing that makes it unreadable, deserves a read and a full 5 stars!