Fifty Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

50 Greatest

Another retro review, almost embarrassingly unhelpful.

The one is from May 5, 1999.

It was still a time before the Web of a Million Lies became the primary source for conspiracy theories.

Conspiracy theories: love the obscure data if not the conclusions. And one of many things I wish I had more time to read.

And some of them do turn out to be true. Remember it’s not called conspiracy now. It’s called “networking”.

Review: The Fifty Greatest Conspiracies of All Time: History’s Biggest Mysteries, Coverups, and Cabals, Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen, 1994.

An ideal primer for those who don’t have the time to read the vast volume of conspiracy literature. This book will not only introduce you to perennial conspiracy favorites involving JFK, the CIA, UFOs, Marilyn Monroe, and Jim Morrison but also more obscure conspiracies. There’s that dead reporter in the bathtub. He was working on something called the Octopus file involving stolen software and arms smuggling. And what about those machines in the polling booth? Are they really counting your vote? There’s the “Fighting Quaker” who stopped a cabal of American fascists from overthrowing FDR. Who really did the killings at Jonestown? Is fluoride not a plot to steal our precious bodily fluids but to sell us more candy?

You get a briefing on 50 conspiracies and suggestions for further reading, so, the next time someone at a party begins to go on about their favorite conspiracy (and doesn’t everyone have at least one?), you’ll be able to look them square in the eye and say, “Well, I have a theory…”

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