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    DescriptionOur age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere--from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. In this age of terrorism we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one--one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. For award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories. He found that these theories used similarly murky methods with which to insinuate their claims: they linked themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past ("it happened then so it can happen now"); they carefully manipulated their evidence to hide its holes; and they relied on the authority of dubious academic sources. Most important, they elevated their believers to membership of an elite--a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. But why believe something that entails stretching the bounds of probability so far? Surely it is more likely that men did actually land on the moon in 1969 than that thousands of people were enlisted to fabricate an elaborate hoax. In this entertaining and enlightening book--aimed at providing ammunition for those who have found themselves at the wrong end of a conversation about moon landings or the twin towers--Aaronovitch carefully probes and explodes a dozen of the major conspiracy theories. In doing so, he examines why people believe them and makes an argument for a true skepticism--one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.

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    Voodoo Histories
    The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Aaronovitch, Narrator James Langton
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 164 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400115921
    ISBN 10: 1400115922

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    DC22: 909.08, 901
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MODERN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000, SOC058000
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    B&T Approval Code: A14150000
    Abridged Dewey: 907
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55520
    Thema V1.0: NHAH, JBG
    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    03 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    David Aaronovitch is an internationally bestselling author and award-winning journalist whose first book, "Paddling to Jerusalem," won the Madoc Award for Travel Literature in 2001. Actor and musician James Langton, an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller "The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud" by Julia Navarro and "The Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan.
    Review quote
    "This is fascinating stuff and absorbing reading that gives us a better understanding of why conspiracy theories are so popular and what the facts---in fact---indicate." ---Library Journal