A real Eye Opener.,
This review is from: Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History (Hardcover)
First of all, this book is really easy to read. It is quite a tome in hardback (the format which I read it in) and the title gives it the polished air of an academic study (which it is in part) but its also highly amusing as Aaronovitch does get quite cross in places and you can see him in your minds eye, waving his arms about in frustration!!
It was really very interesting as a lot of the conspiracies written about I had never heard of. Even so, they are explained well enough and in good detail so that anyone wishing to learn about Russian politics or the myths surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe can do so quite easily.
I have seen some of the referred to online theories about 9/11 so it was interesting to see another take and I suppose, an unraveling of what has been put out online. Aaronovitch has researched hard for this book and I feel has covered all the bases when he is discrediting the theories of the present and those of the past.
It was interesting to see that one particular theory (which actually came from a very unlikely source) became the basis of the hatred of the Jews and is cited as being fact and lead to a number of world crises.
Its very difficult to review this book without spoiling it but I would say that its a really good read for anyone interested in 'what really happened', to have the theories, however plausible, looked at in depth and debunked.
Again, I read this book for fun (not for research, but I would recommend it for research purposes as there is an extensive bibliography and footnotes for the student to be able to find out more) and spent many an evening laughing at Aaronovitch's exasperation and at times very blunt telling's off! It worth a look just for that!
I borrowed this from my local library and enjoyed it so much I was reluctant to return it. I will buy a copy at some point and read it again ( I read it about a month ago and therefore have forgotten things) because it not only is a good read in itself but is also a very good tool for pointing out to friends the real facts. Highly recommended.