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Conspiracy Theories: A Guide to the World's Most Intriguing Mysteries

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From fake news to conspiracy theories, from inflammatory memes to misleading headlines, misinformation has swiftly become the defining problem of our era. Following mysterious trails and uncovering esoteric stories: it’s what I love to do, and it’s also what I love to read about. I’m a psychologist by profession and I’m fascinated by the way personalities develop and change with life events. While I don’t agree with Hofstadter’s assessments, I nonetheless think his book remains a crucial attempt to understand how conspiratorial thinking seeps into the American consciousness.

Partly inspired by the Weathermen, the novel tells the story of Vida as she struggles to maintain a double life, between clandestine anti-state actions and superficial legitimacy. They exist at a curious intersection between fictional and historical interpretations of events, highlighting how much of what we understand as “history” is a partial narrative, a story based on a selective interpretation of facts. Max Budra is a graduate of the LSE Department of International Relations, and holds an MSc in International Relations, as well as a BA in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. They tackle all the coverups of our time--from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill. Max currently works in the alternative investment management industry; the views expressed in this article are his own.This collection of state-of-the-art essays explores conspiracy cultures in post-socialist Eastern Europe, ranging from the nineteenth century to contemporary manifestations. If you’re interested in the idea of a shadowy elite controlling world events, this book is a must-read.

Transcribed and fully indexed by Edward Wakeling, a renowned world expert, whose extraordinarily detailed and insightful bibliographical and contextual notes provide an unparalleled insight into Victorian Oxford (London, Surrey, Yorkshire, Sussex, and more). This engaging book will be an important read for anyone concerned about the future direction of American politics, as well as anyone who's watched friends or family fall into patterns of conspiratorial thinking. Explore this compelling collection of unexplained circumstances and uncover hidden agendas, startling The term encompasses a dizzying array of phenomena, from contrails to Elvis Presley’s mortality, and cuts across several academic disciplines. In Under the Eye of Power: How Fear of Secret Societies Shapes American Democracy (Viking) , historian Colin Dickey argues that “a paranoia of secret, subversive societies, is not just peripheral to the functioning of democracy, but at its very heart.In this short but comprehensive and illuminating study, Cohn (one of my favorite historians) offers a biography of the most notorious book ever written: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

This edited collection contributes to the study of conspiracy culture by analysing the relationship of literary forms to the formation, reception, and transformation of conspiracy theories. I find the issue of conspiracy theory compelling and appreciate Fenster's fruitful approach to what has been mysteriously ignored by the academy. Edgar Hoover and the FBI genuinely seem to have believed that civil rights activists were the tools of the Communist International. In Roman society, where knowledge about others was often lacking and stereotypes dominated, conspiracy theory explained how the world worked.

In Russia, conspiracy theories about ‘the West’ are used as the basis for ‘political campaigns aimed at legitimising the regime’ (Ilya Yablokov, 369).

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