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Ideal reading for those of a questioning turn of mind,
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This review is from: Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History (Kindle Edition)
Very interesting and thought provoking book. At its most enjoyable when you remember the newspaper reports of the time. Aaronovitch assumes a basic knowledge of events in his readers.
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Initial post: 8 May 2013 23:16:20 BDT
G Cooper says:
" Aaronovitch assumes a basic knowledge of events in his readers."
Exactly so. This is a book for the general, largely uninformed reader of basic knowledge and as such it is a skillful means of getting heads nodding on "popular" conspiracies.
In-depth, specialist study tells a very different story; Aaronovitch is too selective, too evasive and just plain slippery, for this wretched tract to be worth much of anyone's time. He sanitises history to be able to sustain the case that "conspiracies aren't powerful" (last sentence). So, no HSCA, no Able Danger, no Bruce Lait, no Peter Power, no intercepted pilots' conversations during the Liberty attack, nor any mention that she was a surveillance vessel...
Too many evasions here for the book to debunk anything.
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