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Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History
Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History
by David Aaronovitch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed research, disappointing analysis, 30 Jan. 2012
I bought Voodoo Histories on the basis of the subtitle "How Conspiracy Theory has shaped modern history". I'm fascinated to learn WHY conspiracy theories are so powerful, the sociological, political and psychological drivers behind them and the consequences to society of their prevalance.

In 340 pages, we get less than 10% on this.

Voodoo Histories is an interesting, case-by-case, attack on many modern conspiracy theories, although Aaronovitch far too often resorts to the "isn't it more likely that..." argument that is as weak as the arguments of the conspiracy theorists.

It would have been much more interesting if the author had read or incorporated Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts or any of a number of behavioral psychology books.

In short, if you want your conspiracy theories debunked, this is a great book. If you want to understand why they emerge, why they take root in the human/social psyche and why they matter, Voodoo Histories is, unfortunately, disappointing.


The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood
The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood
by Edward Jay Epstein
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts - but worth the money for the Sexopoly analysis, 15 April 2009
The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood is billed as the story of "the real magic behind movie making: how the studios make their money".

It mostly succeeds, but if fails by being in thrall to the movies themselves, rather than the studios and conglomerates that make them.

There are three core parts to the book:

- A fascinating insight into the power-structures, history and objectives of the six companies that dominate the movie business (described by Epstein as the Sexopoly) which demonstrates the myriad ways in which the movie studios ensure that they maximise their revenues at the expense of other partners.

- A description of the movie-making process from idea through greenlighting to pre-production, principal photography and post-production that covers the same ground as (but without the wit of) William Goldman's seminal Adventures in the Screen Trade.

- A concluding section that analyses the non-financial drivers of the movie industry (politics, power, self-esteem) while simultaneously predicting the rapid decrease in importance of movies to the business of Hollywood.

I recommend this book highly for the Sexopoly, a biting analysis of the business of Disney, Paramount (Viacom), Warner Bros. (Time Warner), Fox (News Corporation), Sony and Universal (NBC Universal).

If you are more interested in the making of movies, Adventures in the Screen Trade is better and the third section, while interesting, lacks the precision and analysis of Epstein's unique insight into the financial makeup of the sexopoly.


Admirals
Admirals
by Andrew Lambert
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic revisionist history, 31 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Admirals (Hardcover)
Admirals is a fascinating read, making a revisionist case for the most important admirals in British history. Out go Drake, Nelson and Jellicoe. In come James II, Geoffrey Hornby and Andrew Cunningham. It is a tour d'horizon of the makings of the modern Royal Navy, but very much in the "Great Men" mould.

Professor Lambert's analysis is lucid, broad-brush, yet steeped in sources. He is equally at home with Tudor correspondence and twentieth century politics. Through the lives of 11 men, he helps us understand the signifaicant evolutions that transformed a ramshackle assortment of hired vessels and converted merchantmen into the professional modern Navy.

Highly recommended.


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