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  • Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    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 award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch, there came a time when he started to see a pattern among these inflammatory theories.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, with a few minor flaws"
    "Entertaining and enlightening."
    Overall

    The book did drag in some places, but seemed to get better as it went on. David Aaronovitch discusses commonalities found in conspiracy theories and the reasons people are attracted to them. The phenomenon is more complex than I had thought. The book begins and ends by underscoring that conspiracy theories can do serious harm.

    Apparently though, they will always be with us because people love interesting stories and some people have a lot to gain by propagating them. Even journalists and scholars can't always resist them. And the most outlandish tale spreaders often begin with the disclaimer, "I'm not one to believe in conspiracy theories but . . . . "

    The narrator, James Langton, was excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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