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Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies



Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies

Christopher Hodapp, Alice Von Kannon

ISBN: 978-1-118-05202-0 February 2011 384 Pages


Entering the world of conspiracy theories and secret societies is like stepping into a distant, parallel universe where the laws of physics have completely changed: black means white, up is down, and if you want to understand what’s really going on, you need a good reference book. That’s where Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies comes in.

Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, this fascinating guide, packed with the latest information, walks you through some of the most infamous conspiracy theories — such as Area 51 and the assassination of JFK — and introduces you to such mysterious organizations as the Freemasons, the Ninjas, the Mafia, and Rosicrucians. This behind-the-curtain guide helps you separate fact from fiction and helps you the global impact of these mysterious events and groups on our modern world. Discover how to:

  • Test a conspiracy theory
  • Spot a sinister secret society
  • Assess the Internet’s role in fueling conspiracy theories
  • Explore world domination schemes
  • Evaluate 9/11 conspiracy theories
  • Figure out who “they” are
  • Grasp the model on which conspiracy theories are built
  • Figure out whether what “everybody knows” is true
  • Distinguish on assassination brotherhood from another
  • Understand why there’s no such thing as a “lone assassin”

Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten, while buns come in eight-packs? Everybody knows its a conspiracy, right? Find out in Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies.


Part I: Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies: The Improbable Wedded to the Inscrutable.

Chapter 1: Everything You Know Is Wrong.

Chapter 2: Conspiracism and the Origin of Modern Conspiracy Theories.

Chapter 3: Building the Perfect Beast: Secret Societies through the Ages.

Part II: A Colossal Compilation of Conspiracy Theories.

Chapter 4: Everybody Knows About It: The World’s Most Common Conspiracy Theories.

Chapter 5: JFK and Other Presidents: The Conspiracies Behind the Guns.

Chapter 6: The World Ends Monday — Racial, Religious, and Apocalyptic Conspiracies.

Chapter 7: Not of This Earth: Innocent Pawns in an Intergalactic Imbroglio.

Chapter 8: Tracking the Evolution of the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.

Part III: Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets.

Chapter 9: The Freemasons: The World’s Longest-Running Secret Society.

Chapter 10: Rosicrucians and the Evolution of Occult Secret Societies.

Chapter 11: The Illuminati: The Bavarian Boogeymen.

Chapter 12: Secret Societies of Terror and Death.

Chapter 13: Frolicsome Fraternalism and Nefarious Foes of Freedom.

Chapter 14: Thugs, Mugs, and Lugs: The Mafia and Other Underworld Societies.

Chapter 15: Banks and Super Committees: Knowing All, Owning All, Controlling All.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Conspiracy Theories That Skirt the Edge of Madness.

Chapter 17: Ten Conspiracies That Were Absolutely True.

Chapter 18: Ten Weirdest Secret Societies of All Time.