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The Ultimate Guide to Conspiracies: The Truth Behind the Theories - Andy Thomas This review is based on a pre-release version of the book.

In Western culture there are many conspiracy theories afoot... from the older ones (Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Lusitania) to more modern (JFK, Paul is Dead, The Moon Landing) to present day (Princess Diana, 9/11, Bin Laden). There are also conspiracy theories that are more timeless, like space aliens, the Illuminati and general New World Order goodness.

This book attempts to give an Executive-level overview into all of the above conspiracies, and several more. Mr. Thomas does do some good in pointing out what may be actual holes in the perception of truth, he often turns a blind eye to the fact that people are fallible.

A case in point is one person identified Oswald's gun as a specific model, but official reports changed it to something else. While this could mean there where hijinks afoot, the more likely explanation is that the first person was simply not as much of a gun expert as they thought.

To be fair, he does admit some of the theories stray pretty far into lunatic territory, and that the truth to any story is probably somewhere between the "official" version and the theorist's viewpoint.

It's a pretty interesting read, and unless you're well-versed on most conspiracies, you're probably going to learn something out of this. Plus, there are a lot of websites at the end for further research (or possible trolling on message boards.)

At the end of each chapter, he gives a short pro and con for the conspiracy holding water. While he clearly seems to give a lot of the conspiracies more credit than I do, he doesn't try to make the reader feel particularly stupid for not believing in the conspiracy.

And I'd never heard that Prince Charles was a lizard. Can't say I believe that one at all.