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An interesting book, as far as it goes,
This review is from: Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History (Hardcover)
Aaronovitch has written a useful summary of a number of conspiracy theories which are well known to the general public; Diana, JFK, 9/11 etc. he's also laid out some, though by no means all, of the debunking evidence. But really that's as far as he's gone. The subtitle of the book is 'The Role of the Conspiricy Theory in Shaping Modern History'. So, readers would expect an analysis of how history has been shaped and what effects this has had on government policy, public opinion and the discussion of history itself. Instead all we get is a few vague statistics on how many people believed a particular theory a few years after the event. Honestly, if you have access to any internet encyclopaedia you're probably wasting your money.
I was also disappointed that he dismissed (rightly) the Holy Blood and Holy Grail ideas but didn't use the same analysis on Christianity as a whole. There is as little evidence for the existance of Jesus as there is for a survival of this particular bloodline.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2010, 15:55:57 GMT
Completely wrong. There is more historical evidence for the existence of Jesus than Julius Caesar. Do your research before making comments like this.
Posted on 21 Feb 2010, 16:37:59 GMT
Godzilla, provide examples please.
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