34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2010
This is very disapointing: superficial and poorly collated. If you are already familiar with the topics, there is nothing new and much omitted. If you are unfamiliar, many relevant pros and cons of each 'theory' are omitted e.g. the fascinating basis and detail of 'Moon Hoax' and 'Holocaust Denial' arguments. Some fun searching on the web easilly transcends the level and content assembled here. Particularly unclear is the 'score' ('alert level') for ?likelihood of authenticity, which is neither clearly explained or rationalised in each case. Nor is there any discussion or analysis of what constitutes a 'cover up' or 'conspiracy theory'. So the collection includes proven factual events ('Iran Contras') and the entirely theoretical (Nazi Moon Base, Corn Circles). Many of the suspected dirty deeds and false flags of recent foreign policy are omitted completely (Florida elections? Gulf of Tonkin? East Timors oil? etc) at the expense of rehashed and superficial regurgitations of popular 'conspiracy theory' favourites (Munroe, Diana, JFK etc).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2011
For the information of those who are seeking in depth stories about conspiracy theories, this is not a book that consists of detailed descriptions but a Mammoth Book Series which is a collection of incidents, events and mysteries what could've or couldn't have happened with some of them having evidentiary documents from various resources. 100 topics can not be covered in 541 half the A4 size pages in detail.
Although this book now gets its place in that little shelf in my home mini library, I am not giving it 5 stars for a reason.
Why do I like this book ?
I am a huge fan of X-Files (the TV series and movies). Aliens, UFOs and Flying Saucers are the stories I was made to believe from childhood. True or not, I like them. And this book has some of those - Alien Abduction, Area 51, Crop Circles, Face On Mars, Men In Black, Roswell and etc.
True or not, I wonder about stories about Secret Societies. And some of those are here too - Babylonian Brotherhood, Bohemian Grove, Freemasons, Illuminati, Knights Templar, New World Order, Opus Dei, Priory Of Sion, Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion, Skull And Bones and etc.
True or not, stories that fascinate me are what conspiracy theorists come up with against what the News or the governments say - Diana Princess Of Wales, Pope John Paul I, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, 9/11, 7/7 and etc.
And also some of the stories which we never thought or could be bothered about - American MIA in Vietnam, Barcodes, British Royal Family, Bush-Bin Laden connection, Cancer, Gun Powder Plot, HAARP, HIV/AIDS, Holocaust Denial, Marijuana, Moon Landing Hoax, Pearl Harbour, Titanic and etc. True or not, but they are good stories to read or listen to or watch in movies.
What I hate in this book -
Well ! The reason is personal. I think this book is not balanced. Most of the subjects of my interest are briefly described in 1 or 2 pages in shallow. And the boring ones like BCCI, Bilderberg Group, Vincent Foster, Gemstone File, Rudolf Hess, Iran-Contra Scandal, Alexander Litvinenko and etc. go on and on for 6-12 pages with supporting evidential files. I just jump. And bloody 46 pages on JFK alone? But some readers may find them interesting.
Some topics, for instance, Hollow Earth and etc. are crazy enough. In my opinion they should not be in this book at all. Instead, why not have included stories from all around that shocked the world once ? - Disappearance of ships and aeroplanes in Bermuda Triangle, little greenmen, mysterious death of Bruce Lee and his son Brandon Lee, aftermath of 1972 Olympic, Royal Family massacre in Nepal, assassination of the world's famous man Mahatma Gandhi, American invasion in Afghanistan and Iraq and all those stories we've heard or read from elsewhere.
Anyway, it is overall a good book to read for a good time pass. I was reading it continuously at morning tea, meal breaks and bed time. I had to order 2 more from Amazon at good price for colleagues. Friends who borrowed or glanced liked it and said they are going to buy too. All of their views about this book are as same as mine.
At the end of every topic, there are lists of books and websites for further reading or where the subject is taken from. Alert level is given to each from zero being least likely to believe to 10 being most likely to believe. Believing or not believing is a choice. As Jon E. Lewis, the writer writes at the end of Introduction - But this is only an indication. The reader must make up his or her own mind. It's only them who tell you what you must believe.