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Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: An indispensable guide, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secr Did you know? An indispensable guide, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies connects the dots and sets the record straight on a host of greedy gurus and murderous messiahs, crepuscular cabals and suspicious coincidences.
Some topics are familiar—the Kennedy assassinations, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, the People’s Temple and Heaven’s Gate—and some surprising, like Oulipo, a select group of intellectuals who created wild formulas for creating literary masterpieces, and the Chauffeurs, an eighteenth-century society of French home invaders, who set fire to their victims’ feet.
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Nov 05, Jen rated it liked it Shelves: I almost hated giving this three stars–because it really was interesting. The discussion of how cults arise and how many are out there ccults fascinating. Some of them were so nutso that the idea that people would believe it is even crazier. You’d consppiracies really amazed how many cult leaders were one or both of the two witnesses to the Revelation–and even more have been the Messiah.
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Conspiracies were just as engrossing. My guy jokes that I hate conspiracy theories so much that I think they are a cons I almost hated giving this three stars–because it really was interesting.
My guy jokes that I hate conspiracy theories so much that I think they are a conspiracy.
Conspiracies assume you have a lot people that are in power, evil, and can keep a secret. I can see where you’d have a lot of people with two of those attribute, but I seriously doubt all three.
And some of the explanations and rewriting of the world to make the theory work seemed just really exhausting. However the author discusses this as well. He points out that the true believers of conspiracy theories come from a very one-track thought process. They start from their belief and work outward, discounting anything that doesn’t fit, and searching maniacally at times for the barest shreds of information and calculation and numerology to support it. It is a case of “none being as blind as those who will not see.
The discussion of secret societies was the weakest link in the book. Yes, I realize that some attribute nefarious motives to Kiwanis and Rotary members, but really? If your badge societoes on the town sign, how secret are you?
This seemed more a discussion of fringe groups mixed with old men groups. The real problem with the book is the dangerous lack of any sources and citations. I would just really like to know where all this information came from–and that makes this book frustrating. It also lacks an index, which made it infuriating at times.
This is a good fun read, but not scholarly and while you may get cocktail party chatter with it, you certainly won’t get enough fodder to really disprove any conspiracy theorist out there.
Aug 17, Heatherfeather rated it really liked it. Good introduction to some of the more famous cults, conspiracies, and secret societies of the world. The book doesn’t go into incredible detail, but enough to satisfy a mildly curious reader.
If you don’t want to pick up a tome devoted to one specific cult, etc. Dec 04, mark rated it liked it Shelves: This is a general reference book, and gives the author’s opinion as to why people engage and join these groups and ideas. My interest in the subject has mostly to do with the Conspiracists. Goldwag’s conclusion supports my own–that Conspiracists are akin to Religious Fundamentalists. In other words, they both seek external causal explanation for events; and justify their actions accordingly.
In psychological jargon, an external locus of control. Better understood as “It’s not my fault. The difference between the two groups is: The religious tend to attribute events to a supernatural struggle between good and evil [ God and the Devil which is accepted as ‘normal’: Conspiracists blame secret societies of power hungry individuals [which is considered by society as abnormal and subversive: Unfortunately, there is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy to all of this–and as both extremist views gain popular support–we might just get Armageddon or another Holocaust.
This is scary stuff. The behavior and action of the two groups are different. The religious want to convert others, pray, and rejoice in their salvation, i. The Conspiracists want to disengage, isolate, and then do battle. Both want to “save the world. Feb 14, David Schwan rated it really liked it. A rather comprehensive overview of Cults, Conspiracies and Secret Societies. Well before word processing there has been a great deal of cut and paste of ideas.
There are no shortage of groups that incorporate any number of conspiratorial ideas into their thoughts. The book does a good job of showing how the often many amazing co-incidents presented to prove a conspiracy are just facts pulled out of pure air and made to look like they are par A rather comprehensive overview of Cults, Conspiracies and Secret Societies.
The book does a good job of showing how the often many amazing co-incidents presented to prove a conspiracy are just facts pulled out of pure air and made to look like they are part of something bigger. My one beef is the lack of an index. Jul 03, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: Since I’ve got a group of books to review from my vacation that need to get done tonight, I’m going to do this in a good old fashioned pros and cons list.
I was really curious about cults mostly, which is why I picked this up, but secret societies and conspiracies are also fun subjects we think about at least once every two weeks but don’t actually read about.
At least I don’t anyway. I found that the author made a good connection to the audience. I Since I’ve got a group of books to review from my vacation that need to get done tonight, I’m going to do this in a good old fashioned pros and cons list. I got what I glodwag for, which was cool new facts about various bloodthirsty cults to rattle off one by one at family dinner parties, but the way it conspircaies written made me enjoy the personal anecdotes about the KKK ritual that turned out to be a fraternity initiation.
Nah, wasn’t really so interested in these, despite the author’s best efforts. I got through them this time though, so obviously they weren’t that bad. I really don’t need to know the exact day of the foundation of Scientology and its notable members’ birthdays.
It’s really not that important. One year per section would have been fine. For such a conspiracise book, this is deceptively long.
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I took forever to finish the last societied sections. Maybe it was my lack of interest but it took so long I nearly gave up. All in all, goldwqg a really good non-fiction book but unless all three subjects tickle your pickle, it can get boring.
Well written boring, but still boring. Mar 05, Richard Gazala rated it liked it. It’s true even a mildly avid researcher can find on the Internet or in a public library or well-stocked bookstore vast amounts of exhaustively detailed material devoted to The lengthy title and subtitle of Arthur Goldwag’s book, “Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: It’s true even a mildly avid researcher can find conspiracids the Internet or in a public library or well-stocked bookstore vast amounts of fults detailed material devoted to each of the subjects Goldwag surveys in his book.
This is the advantage, rather than disadvantage, of Goldwag’s approach. Goldwag’s book supplies only the tantalizing breadcrumbs. He leaves it for the reader to follow the trail if she’s hungry to find more information on the matters that interest her, many of which she may never had known of before exploring Goldwag’s work.
Goldwag’s writing is savvy, crisp and clean, cohspiracies tongue-in-cheek, and he’s not afraid to voice his personal opinion on some of the wackier Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies featured in his book.
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It’s a quick, informative and entertaining read, which I believe is exactly what the author intended. Oct 03, Brad rated it liked it. Essentially it was an interesting, encyclopedia-like documentation of the most bizarre cults, bizarre conspiracy theories and elusive secret societies, both contemporary and from history.
I found the conspiracy theory section the most useful and relevant; I have never understood what compels people to adopt such a bizarre, unsubstantiated worldview.
The book offers some insight towards answering this question and then launches into an alphabetic summary of well known and obscure c Very fun book.
The book offers societids insight towards answering this question and then launches into an alphabetic summary of well known and obscure conspiracies.