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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable and crucial reading for our times, 19 Aug. 2013
This review is from: The Truth Agenda: Making Sense of Unexplained Mysteries, Global Cover-ups & Visions for a New Era (Paperback)
I recently read Andy Thomas's excellent 'Conspiracies: The Facts - The Theories - The Evidence' and was pleased to find that this new updated and expanded version of his reportedly classic 'The Truth Agenda' had just been published. I dutifully obtained a copy and have been completely and utterly blown away by this book. Not only is it so beautifully presented, with copious colour photos and very attractive layout throughout, but its approach and tone is pitched so spot-on that I cannot imagine reading a book that could provide a better overview of where conspiracy theories, liberty issues, apparently paranormal events and consciousness research all meet in the middle.

Being more drawn to the real-world global cover-ups angle, I was prepared to reserve a little cynicism towards the more 'alternative' subjects covered by 'Truth Agenda', but instead I have come out with a new respect towards things that plainly just cannot be explained away with a wave of the hand. Thomas is very adept at simply offering possibilities to consider, rather than giving dogmatic absolutes of the kind that some books seem to force on readers. His arguments are always backed-up with very well-referenced evidence (the references and detailed notes at the back take up around a deserved 50 pages by themselves), so that it is almost impossible not to come out thinking that there must be something to UFOs, psychic phenomena, religious apparitions and even crop circles after all. The active cover-ups that appear to be operated to distract the world away from things like this seem very obvious once pointed out by books as clear-thinking and unsensationalist as this one.

On top of this, Thomas's very convincing round-ups of the reasons as to why so many people now doubt the official stories of key events such as 9/11 or the Moon landings (the latter helped enormously by well-chosen photographic examples) leave the mind reeling. The growing social restrictions on our freedom and the growth of surveillance states are also brilliantly discussed, without ever falling into polemics. The world revealed by the application of the book's 'truth agenda' process is certainly not a comfortable one to consider, yet the level-headed, very lucid and intelligent discussions of what the motives might really be behind the ruling elite's New World Order project and what the average person can do to balance it leave one feeling strangely empowered and positive. Indeed, the great difference between this book and many other serious conspiracy tomes is that Thomas spends the closing quarter of the book offering hope for humankind through the power of collective action and collective thought, and therefore fear does not overwhelm; rather, I found myself punching the air in celebration at the positive feeling I was left with.

Anyone even remotely interested in trying to understand mysteries and cover-ups should start with this book, which may possibly be the finest guide of its kind, and it makes an ideal companion piece to Thomas's 'Conspiracies'. It is totally accessible and every page is thrillingly compelling. At the same time, at 404 pages, those already steeped in the subjects won't be disappointed either, as it offers many new and sharp insights which will help reinforce and hone the arguments of any truth seeker, be they armchair theorists, campaigning activists or simply mystery aficionados.

Indispensable and crucial reading for our times.
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