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Voodoo Histories
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"Meticulous in its research, forensic in its reasoning, robust in its argument, and often hilarious in its debunking... a highly entertaining rumble with the century's major conspiracy theorists and their theories." --John Lahr, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Tennessee Williams

From an award-winning journalist, a history so funny, so true, so scary, it's bound to be called a conspiracy.

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 we live in, the role of conspiracy is a serious one, one that can fuel radical or fringe elements to violence. 

For David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories. 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; 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?

In this entertaining and enlightening book, he examines why people believe conspiracy theories, 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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  • Rocks: A Very Short Introduction
  • Frozen Earth
  • Geology
  • Basin and Range
  • Geological Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining
  • Timefulness
  • The Mountains of Saint Francis: Discovering the Geologic Events That Shaped Our Earth
  • A Short History of Planet Earth
  • The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood
  • The Story of Earth
  • The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks
  • A Sea without Fish
  • Rough-Hewn Land
  • Geology For Dummies
  • The Earth: A Very Short Introduction
  • Plate Tectonics: A Ladybird Expert Book
  • Volcanoes - Why Do They Happen?
  • Here on Earth (Enhanced Edition)
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  • Big Coal