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Ian Shircore
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5 Mar 2012
Would British scientistis really test sarin nerve poison on young volunteers and tell them it was research for a cure for colds? Would they really release Ecoli in Swindon and Southampton to try out germ warfare techniques? Even 50 years on, no-one's telling the whole story. Conspiracies and cover-ups, real or imagined, have shaped our world. Now leaked cables and declassified papers are rewriting the history of our times. More information must be good, but how do you tell truth from fiction? In this fresh, readable look at 50 conspiracy theories, Ian Shircore cuts through the fog and misinformation to deliver a balanced analysis of the key facts behind unsettling suspicions that litter our recent past. Today's new evidence - from WikiLeaks, freedom of information requests and declassified archives - has solved some classic mysteries. Yet it raises more questions than ever about the assassinations of the 1960s, the dirty secrets of the late 20th century and the earth-shaking events of recent years. Once you've seen what WikiLeaks has revealed about the radioactive poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, you won't be so sure about the British secret service. Once you've weighed the evidence yourself, you may well decide there was a Second Yorkshire Ripper, that cricketing hero Bob Woolmer was murdered and that rock icon Jim Morrison's death in Paris was anything but straightforward.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (5 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843583771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843583776
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A deeply mischievous little paperback --The Daily Mail

A very entertaining piece of work --The Daily Mail

A very entertaining piece of work --The Daily Mail

About the Author

Ian Shircore's lifelong interest in cover-ups and conspiracies was stirred by the stream of revelations in recent years in declassified documents and answers to Freedom of Information Act requests. And he was handed an amazing bonus, midway through writing his latest book, Conspiracy! 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe, when WikiLeaks published its treasure trove of secret cables. He is amazed at the way WikiLeaks stories - like the evidence that there was probably a fifth 9/11 hijack team on a BA jet bound for London - seemed to be lost in the wash as the press struggled with the deluge of new information. Bizarrely, Ian was once accused by Sunday Times journalists of being Belle de Jour, author of the sex blog Diary of a London Call Girl. His books include Manage Yourself, Manage Your Life, an NLP survival guide that has been reprinted 17 times, and Douglas Adams: The First and Lost Tapes, a little ebook based on an early, pre-fame interview with the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author. Ian is a trustee of an energetic musical charity, the MAE Foundation, that provides instruments and music teaching for the "kids between countries" - the young refugees from Burma living behind the wire in camps along the Thai border.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! 26 Mar 2012
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I read this book over the weekend - I couldn't put it down! I don't normally buy into conspiracy theories, but this book is not hyperbolic and presents a well balanced view of all the theories you've heard about. Shircore lets you make up your own mind but also manages to put his own voice forward. What's also really cool is that he's put in web links so you can look up certain bits and pieces yourself. It's an intelligent read but does not take itself too seriously. Definitely recommended!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener 29 Mar 2012
I approached this with care since I am suspicious of most conspiracy theories, but I must say this book is a cracker. Well written and thoughtful it lays out the available information in clear and concise way and in so doing manages to be a compulsive page turner. I was always concerned about the events surrounding Kelly's death and now know I was right.Conspiracy! 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakable acts revealed 29 Mar 2012
Although inexplicably listed under Humour, this is a serious book. The style is light and engaging, as befits a hardened journalist now, to judge by the author's photograph, on to his second or even third green eyeshade, but the content is often a matter of life and death. Shircore's conclusions are sometimes surprising. David Kelly and Bob Woolmer were murdered, Woolmer undoubtedly. Diana, Princess of Wales, wasn't - and I stupidly thought that the Daily Express had nailed that one. There were two Yorkshire Rippers: fortunately the terms of reference don't allow him to review the candidates for the original Ripper.

Unlike some writers who speculate on these matters, Shircore has done his homework, and these days that means investigating the untold resources of the internet and in particular all the stuff coming out of Wikileaks. The truth is out there, sometimes; you just have to wade through a lot of garbage to find it. Fortunately he has done this for us.

Ultimately the great value of this book is the uncovering of some unspeakable things that our government and others have been prepared to do to us, and indeed have done, to further their nasty aims. I won't describe these; you'll have to read the book to find out.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Bill Bryson on Conspiracies 21 Feb 2012
This isn't the book I was expecting - more like Bill Bryson on conspiracies and cover-ups than the usual shrill, paranoid fantasies.The writing's sharp, funny and enjoyable and there seems to be some new or unexpected angle on every story.

It's the perfect book for the tube into my work as I get through a new chapter each way.

Being serious about Dr David Kelly, 7/7 and the death of Princess Diana doesn't stop it having fun with Illuminati rappers, shape-shifting lizards and the Duke of Edinburgh. It's got a bit in there for everyone, go and grab a copy - it's perfect for the loo as well as the commute!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All those dirty little secrets 7 Feb 2012
By Maggie
I love this book. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but the 50 stories here are really eye-opening. I had no idea there was any reason to think (see Wikileaks) that there was a fifth 9/11 hijack team - and that they were on a BA plane heading into London's Heathrow Airport. I'd heard people talk about the Second Yorkshire Ripper, but I didn't know the police had covered up the evidence for that, or even that Hitler had tried to blame Poland for starting WWII. Ian Shircore has a knack for picking out the one detail that will stop you in your tracks - Alexander Litvinenko's non-radioactive bus ticket from Muswell Hill, David Kelly's knife with no trace of fingerprints, or the comparison of the last two emails sent from Bob Woolmer's laptop. He sheds new light on old stories, from Marilyn Monroe's grisly death to the sudden passing of Pope John Paul I, and draws our attention in unexpected directions, to Google's links with the CIA and Lech Walesa's surprise confession that he spied for the Polish Communist regime. This is modern history rewritten and disguised as gossip - light, readable, but deep down very serious indeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy theories 29 Mar 2012
By Freddie
Loved this book. Compeilling read with interesting conspiracy theories. Gave good food for thought. Would recommend to others who are interested in such theories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from an author 12 Mar 2012
This is a great book, very engaging and well balanced as it does not declare for or against any of the theories but presents the pros and cons and let's the reader makeup their own mind. The ultimate conspiracy book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiffing Read! 27 Feb 2012
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This book is a terrfic read. Many of the conspiracies are familiar, but Shircore usually succeeds in shining a bright light on new aspects. Some of the subjects are genuinely unfamiliar and fascinating insights are provided. A particularly valuable feature are the web references which allow you to visit a lot of the source material for yourself. This is a well written book and you don't need to be a conspiracy theorist to enjoy it. It will ensure that your train or plane journey will go by in a flash!
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they spend far to much time with big chapters on the less ser subject and only really say about major incidents what we already know,poor book
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I got this book as Christmas present and it is hands down the best gift of the lot! It's really well written and incredibly easy to read, but also obviously well researched with... Read more
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Started well but later chapters kind of fizzled out.

As an avid reader and watcher of TV programmes about Conspiracies, I found a number of items were out of date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To believe or not to believe
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Easy to dip in and out of. Some very interesting views and facts on things we think we know about already.
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