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von David Aaronovitch (Autor)

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Our 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, the idea of conspiracy can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. Journalist David Aaronovitch sees a pattern among these inflammatory theories. They use similarly murky methods to insinuate their claims: they link themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past; they carefully manipulate their evidence, to hide its holes; they rely on the authority of dubious academic sources. Most important, they elevate their believers to an elite--a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. In this entertaining and enlightening book, Aaronovitch carefully probes and explodes a dozen of the major conspiracy theories. 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.--From publisher description.… (mehr)
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Titel:Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
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Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History von David Aaronovitch (2010)

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This was fascinating. I'd never thought of conspiracy theories as shaping history; rather, they have always seem like weird fringe elements. Neat book. ( )
  SwitchKnitter | Dec 19, 2021 |
I skimmed some of this, it being a bit academic for me. But the chapters on JFK, 9/11 conspiracy theorists and the Birther movement were super interesting to me. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
Really enjoyed this one. Aaronovitch packs a lot of details and research into this book, but it's necessary when he's skewering some of the greatest conspiracy theories of the last 100 years or so.

I picked this one up because I really am one of those people who roll their eyes at the multiple killer theories for JFK, RFK and Marilyn Monroe. I smile indulgently at those that believe Obama was born in Kenya and that 9/11 was an inside job. Telling me the moon landing I watched when I was six years old was all faked will make me laugh.

But I love a good story, so I gobble up movies like JFK and Capricorn One because, for me, it's as much how these people spin up the stories to try and make all the "facts" fit in their convoluted stories.

In this book, the author carefully builds up each theory, citing names, sources, etc, then systematically tears each one back down again. And through it all, I could hear each conspiracy theorist screaming, "YOU FOOL! THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK!" like some ersatz Charlton Heston revealing that Soylent Green is people.

Anyway, I was very much educated by this book while also being entertained by it. You really can't ask for more, can you? ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
traces varieties of conspiracy theories through history, with an emphasis on anti-semitic and anti-Western-government theories. dryling written and disappointingly, it offers little theory or 'big picture' analysis until the final chapter ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
Long, dense and very detailed. Somewhat tough going, but fascinating.
I not only learnt a lot about conspiracy theories, but also about 20th century history. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
...a sweeping tour of the paranoid style in Western politics by David Aaronovitch, a British journalist. In his account, which runs from “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” down to the obsession over Obama’s birth certificate, the pendulum of paranoia is constantly swinging from right to left and back again, depending on which faction feels more powerless and put-upon.
hinzugefügt von bongiovi | bearbeitenNew York Times, ROSS DOUTHAT (Mar 18, 2010)
 
Mr. Aaronovitch deconstructs a dizzying array of conspiracy theories in these pages with unsparing logic, common sense and at times exasperated wit.
 
In the book, Aaronovitch tackles the intriguing question of why well-educated, reasonable people sometimes believe "perfectly ridiculous things."
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Our 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, the idea of conspiracy can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. Journalist David Aaronovitch sees a pattern among these inflammatory theories. They use similarly murky methods to insinuate their claims: they link themselves to the supposed conspiracies of the past; they carefully manipulate their evidence, to hide its holes; they rely on the authority of dubious academic sources. Most important, they elevate their believers to an elite--a group of people able to see beyond lies to a higher reality. In this entertaining and enlightening book, Aaronovitch carefully probes and explodes a dozen of the major conspiracy theories. 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.--From publisher description.

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