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5.0 out of 5 stars great book full of common-sense explanations really they are societies ...
great book full of common-sense explanations really they are societies with secrets , not secret societies, whis the public would nevr know about..?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Authors not objective about alternative 9/11 theories
I turned directly to the section on 9/11 and was suprised by what I found. I was hoping for an unbiased account of the actual events and the current conspiracy theories. Instead I found the author(s) described the 'alternative' accounts with a derisive/condescending tone. For exmaple, when talking about 'Truthers' (those involved in the Truth Movement and who believe 9/11...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book full of common-sense explanations really they are societies ..., 29 April 2015
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great book full of common-sense explanations really they are societies with secrets , not secret societies, whis the public would nevr know about..?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Authors not objective about alternative 9/11 theories, 31 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies (Paperback)
I turned directly to the section on 9/11 and was suprised by what I found. I was hoping for an unbiased account of the actual events and the current conspiracy theories. Instead I found the author(s) described the 'alternative' accounts with a derisive/condescending tone. For exmaple, when talking about 'Truthers' (those involved in the Truth Movement and who believe 9/11 was an "inside job") the author states: "Among the first and crankiest of the Truthers was Austin, Texas, talk radio personality Alex Jones." [page 141] The air of contempt for 'Truthers' continues throughout the chapter.

Another example of the authors' blatant bias is when talking of Al-Qaeda: "So as for the Truthers who contend that bin Laden and Al-Qaeda are innocent, we have only this to say: Bin Laden's coy denials in videotapes released to Arabic Al Jazeera TV Network were deliberate messages to the West..."[page 142]. This reeks of a parent talking to a child who doesn't know any better.

Whether or not the reader agrees with the 'Truthers', the authors leave no room to respect both perpectives. Instead they constantly portay the 'Truthers' beliefs as nonesense rather than a possible alternative. It is as though the section on 9/11 should have been called 'Those silly Truthers and their ridiculous 9/11 conspiracy theories'.

I looked to see what 'qualified' the authors to write on such topics and see if they were in a position to be impartial. The first author Christopher Hodapp is an active Freemason and the other author, Alice Von Kannon was an Advertising Executive...

I haven't read any other sections yet, but I wonder if the section on Freemasons will be just as one-sided in it's coverage.

This has really knocked my confidence in the For Dummies series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One co-author is biased for certain!!, 16 April 2012
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First and foremost, the undertones of this book are somewhat patronising to the readers. Most flagrant of all however, is the fact that one of the co-authors is a freemason himself. I was strongly piqued upon reading his section concerning freemasonry, in which he boldly denies the existence of high ranking freemasons who are in control of much of the world's power and economy, even in part, stating that there are small groups of freemasons all over the US for example. The System, NWO agenda, illuminati, whatever you wish to call this group, doesn't go by one single name. How easy to find out what they are really up to if we all knew that! It is a pyramid system. This chap is either in the lowest ranks himself, or possibly desires to mislead on purpose. I incline to the view that he is himself a lower degree freemason, in which case he would not be aware of what the upper levels are up to. On the other hand, one only has to view the history of the illuminati and indeed overview the past 100 years or so to grasp an idea of what is really going on. The media is a source that is controlled by the same people who control most of the world's wealth, big pharma, the education system - it goes on and filters through to so many aspects. It seems really terrible now that this chap is misleading people. Whether it be Freemasonry, Opus Dei or the Jesuits, they are only working in unison at the very top, where there is a bunch of elite psychopaths making the world what it is. The good news is that they are a minority, and the rest of us are going to foil their plans. Let's hope. People are awakening. An excellent source of information is David Wilcock's article on Financial Tyranny at [...], or his book the sourcefield investigationsSource Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 That makes for a book that contains the possibility of being positively life-altering. Unlike conspiracy theories for dummies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, 22 Feb. 2013
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I bought this for a friend as she has an obsession with conspiracy theories, and she absolutely loved it - extensive detail on everything from 9/11 to the Freemasons. Perfect thing for someone with a passion for secret societies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Is Out There!, 29 April 2013
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I would recommend this to anyone with a thirst for the truth. It is in everyday language and is structured in such a way that it is a light read with depth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars informative, 9 May 2009
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Omar Farid "order of choice" (from Qatar) - See all my reviews
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it could be informative in terms of outlining in general the UFO incidents,and the secret societies's history and their connection to conspiracy theories and according to the authors some of them are just smoke and mirrors.One point to bear in mind that one of the major conpiracy theories debunked by the authors is assassination of JFK as conspiracy despite their aknowledgement that more than 2000 books which had been published about the incident are rather supportive of the conspiracy theories in which i agree espcially that some of the researchers worked for the company or assosiated with them.Neverhteless, this book is very informative and has enlarged my appetite fo further reading more conspiracy theories books such as memoires illustrating the histories of jacobinism and tomb of Jacque de moley.
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