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Pale Horse Rider

William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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We are living in a time of unprecedented distrust in America: Faith in the government is at an all-time low, and political groups on both sides of the aisle are able to tout preposterous conspiracy theories as gospel, without much opposition. “Fake news” is the order of the day. This book is about a man to whom all of it points, the greatest conspiracist of this generation and a man you may not have heard of. 

A former US naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper published his manifesto Behold a Pale Horse in 1991. Since then it has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, becoming the number-one best seller in the American prison system. (Bookscan lists sales at 289,000 since 2005.) According to Behold a Pale Horse, JFK was assassinated - because he was about to reveal that extraterrestrials were about to take over the earth - by his driver, an alien himself; AIDS is a government conspiracy to decrease the population of blacks, Hispanics, and homosexuals; and the Illuminati are secretly involved with the US government to manage relationships with extraterrestrials. Cooper died in a shootout with Apache County police in 2001, one month after September 11, in the year in which he had predicted catastrophe. 

Many of Cooper’s conclusions were driven by personal demons and a highly creative connection of dots, and yet they have shaped much of the fabric of American life in the past few decades. Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh’s cohort in the Oklahoma City bombing, was a fan, and Behold a Pale Horse has great appeal among right-wing radicals. On the other hand, the book transcends class and race barriers: It is read primarily by poor blacks in prison and appeals to people who acutely feel that society is fixed against them. It has inspired numerous hip-hop groups and continues to do so. 

In Pale Horse Rider, journalist Mark Jacobson not only tells the story of Cooper’s fascinating life but also provides the social and political context for American paranoia. Indeed, with the present NSA situation and countless other shadowy government dealings often in the news, aren’t we right to suspect that things may not be as they seem?

©2018 Mark Jacobson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • 09-09-18

insight into bill cooper

having read coopers book, and seen videos of him, I was surprised at the other side of bill cooper , the little known personal side. very informative not just about cooper but also our government. of course Ray porter did a great job. this book is both for those who believe conspiracy theories and those that don't understand them

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the real story of a real human being

Make sure you've indulged in behold a pale horse and have gone down the conspiracy rabbit hole first. If you're young or straight laced, let yourself believe in aliens, illuminati and all that (beware the anti-semetism at the bottom of the non cooper stuff) ... and then when it's time for you to get a better idea of how tragic, complicated, cynical and grounded in reality the world is ... get this lesson in your brain and ride the roller coaster from vietnam to another ill concieved and poorly executed shoot out between people who really should have stopped and thought through ... any of the steps on the path they took. I'd suggest you hit up last podcast on the left for waco, ruby ridge, oklahoma city and 911 for a better perspective on how those event seemed as they did to many, including cooper. Reality is a whale of a tale.

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Disingenuous story of Bill Cooper

Mark is blind and obviously biased and purposefully belittling the information and influence Bill Cooper on the truth community. Mark appears to be a NPC and disinformation agent. It is well written... but the content is crap.

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Great back story to William Cooper's Book

I use to sell Behold a Pale Horse in my shop in Atlanta Ga, this is a great book letting the reader know the Back Story and what happened to Bill before and after his death..... a real must read or listen . Thanks

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interesting subject, disappointing result

I think the title of this book overstates its execution. While the subject is interesting, the book needs a great deal more analysis (rather than simply restating many of Cooper's claims and recounting some of Cooper's life).

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William Cooper

Some events covered in the story are happening now. 2nd amendment rights are being discussed by people that don't know which end goes bang...

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Excellent

Excellent overview and personal history of Mr. Cooper’s life and passion. I really enjoyed it.

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Great insight on Bill Cooper

If you're interested in the enigma that is WIlliam Cooper, then get this book. The author was pretty objective overall. Not so condescending as others may have pointed out.

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13hrs of a book that is not worth the credit

I admit. I still have a few hours left of this book and i am not going to finish it.

The writer reaches broad to cover a lot of area about this guy to worm a version of events to create a picture he wants to paint. I agree with somethings said. However i find some of his statements intent on white washing and obfuscating others such as 9/11/01, pizza gate, Waco, JFK and so many other catalyzing events in history. The author takes liberty to paint events more dramatic than they were and others as minimally as possible. I did not know about bill cooper before hand. And now i am not sure what i was told was true or obfuscations. Anyways. I am not finishing the book. I don't think it conformational basis but rather smelling when i am being manipulated for a certain reason. My conclusion. Bill cooper was a bit wacky. However. Even conspiracy theorist maybe telling the truth like a broken clock twice a day. And the author might be a broken clock too.

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Awesome

What a tragic story. What a revealing and scary look at the forces of the New World Order. His life was ruined by his paranoia. But he seems to have been proven right. And the truth is still out there. This is a messed up world. One is left with more questions than before reading. Mostly why? Waiting for the next generation's story.

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  • 05-21-19

Good insight to the man

Interesting reading entertaining just no way of ever knowing what's what... A lot of real life events covered and a different point of view posited.