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American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,209 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
In this explosive account of wrongful acts and ongoing cover-ups, Jesse Ventura takes a systematic look at the wide gap between what the American government knows and what it reveals to the American people. For too long, we the people have sat by and let politicians and bureaucrats from both parties obfuscate and lie. And according to this former Navy SEAL, former pro wres ...more
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Published March 23rd 2010 by Tantor Media (first published March 8th 2010)
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J.G. Keely
Aug 29, 2011 J.G. Keely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I met Jesse Ventura as a high school senior, when he was governor of my state. My class was invited to meet with him and ask questions while sitting on the sumptuous carpets of his office in the capital. By this point, he was nearing the end of his term, and the frustration was clear in his voice. He spent most of the time complaining about how school budgets go up every year, with the clear indication that he couldn't understand why. The following Q&A with a group of advanced standing Gover ...more
Mar 12, 2011 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
As I'm reading this book I am constantly reminded of the immensely flawed "God of the Gaps" theory. It goes like this: If you can't scientifically explain an issue regarding nature, evolution, how the universe began, etc, then the only other answer is "God did it." Jesse Ventura has his own version. If there are still unanswered questions regarding events like assassinations, 9/11, etc, his answer is "The CIA did it."

Jesse Ventura never met a conspiracy theory he didn't like. He takes on fourte
May 16, 2010 Felonious rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: middleshelf
This book was a really nice surprise. I'm not a huge fan of conspiracies nor am I a fan of Jesse Ventura. However, after seeing an interview with Jesse on Larry King I thought I would read the book, the interview piqued my interest.

The book is filled with some very interesting, and lesser known, facts. Facts that I think should be more widely known. Even though the book failed to convince me of all the conspiracies it did make me stop and think, which is never a bad thing for people to do. One
When I first clapped eyes on Jesse Ventura back in the early eighties I believe he was clad in purple tights accessorized with a pink feather boa and a huge set of shades. You would never have convinced me that the man would ever write something that I would read; I just couldn't imagine ever taking the man seriously. Since then, Ventura has seen a number of unlikely career changes, eventually landing the position of Governor of the state of Minnesota. Probably no one was more surprised at this ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Impulse buy
Positively astounding! - That was literally my initial, continued, and final reaction to the revelatory perspectives and facts presented in this book.

I truly found myself enraptured with not just the conspiratorial evidence noted in this compilation of American injustices, but with the actual structure of the book, as well. Ventura and his co-author, Dick Russell, did a phenomenal job in organizing and relating the historic conspiracy accounts, and evidence thereof, in a way that was both enter
Lawrence (mclovin)
This book was really exciting and amazing and gave me a type of knowledge adrenalin rush. What I mean is that it made me felt like I actually knew that, that is what happened, even though some of it may have sounded bogus. Really the only thing that kept me into this book was that there was not one conspiracy theory, but different conspiracy theories for each historical event. For some the characters in the story is what keeps them into the book because it has all of that intense drama, well in ...more
I know that as a lot of people are expecting me to rip this book to shreds and call Ventura a total whack job. The thing is that I'm a thinker and pride myself on thinking outside the box. Those are who follow me on Facebook probably know that I get most of my news from UK sources and I do believe in a variety of conspiracy theories. I guess that too makes me a nut. The thing is that Ventura's book is an interesting read. It's one that urges you to think for yourself and that's what scares peop ...more
John Peters
Nov 08, 2015 John Peters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the definition of the classic saying "don't judge a book by its cover" as to most people looking at a cover that says "American Conspiracies" almost instantly turns them away. From my perspective reading this book was extremely interesting and almost enlightening. As a conspiracist myself obviously I carry some bias when speaking on behalf of a conspiracy novel, but all theory's aside the credible information that can be pulled from this book can be vital to the education of the ave ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5, B

Like any book that is made up of loosely connected topics rather than one story line, its hard to give a fair rating.

The Introduction, Jonestown Massacre, 9/11, and The Secret Plans to end American Democracy were the most interesting chapters to me. The last chapter of this book is well worth reading for a few insights into the last 10 years of politics, wars, financial machinations of the powerful and corrupt in the United States and beyond.

Some time ago I watched two different Canadian
Oct 19, 2014 Ray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
I grew tired of the book rather quickly. It seems that highly educated researchers are looked upon as elitists and scorned, and that those that can "entertain" with shouts and outrage are more believable because they're more like the common man. I thought the book contained a series of allegations, many unsubstantiated, but nonetheless were entertaining. I believe that there were truths in the book, but many of those offered as "new" have previously been published by well respected researchers. ...more
Dan Henk
Not a bad book. Jesse clearly isn't an accomplished writer,and his script comes off a bit simplistic and homely. That, coupled with the fact that he's not real thorough with the references and minutia that would bring all his theories to life, tends to take some of the wind out of the sails. That said, he has a multitude of ideas, and a few little know facts. That, combined with the well documented history of lies and deception our government engages in, lend credence to some of his more well gr ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I certainly don't subscribe to everything that was said in this book, I believe it is the reader's job to take everything with a grain of salt and use their own critical thinking skills to analyze the statements made and decide for themselves what information to accept or reject.

I agree this is not the most intellectually challenging book, but in my opinion there is beauty in it's simplicity. This book covers a lot of topics, but doesn't go into great depth of any of them. Jesse Ventura asks im
Ellen Black
Feb 05, 2012 Ellen Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I don't agree with everything Jesse Ventura has ever said or done, nor do I agree with every statement made in American Conspiracies, I did find this book to be fascinating. While I was aware of most of the topics that he discussed, from a plot to overthrow FDR to the assasination of JFK to the October Surprise to the most recent catastrophe of Too Big To Fail, I was not aware of all of the details Ventura included in his work. Therefore, I was glad I read American Conspiracies, as I do li ...more
Gina Marcelin
Aug 14, 2015 Gina Marcelin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Interesting. Especially the part on the 911 attacks, but it gets old. I would have liked if he had fewer theories, but went more in depth with his questions.
Shawn Scarano
May 25, 2010 Shawn Scarano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice book, well put together. I believe that every american should read this book, if for no other reason, just to get them thinking and aware of how precious our constitution is and how we need to be careful to not let it it become any less important no matter what the event or whom is trying to change it. Make you really want to take inventory on alot of events that have occored within the last 40-50 years and how they have affected our freedoms to this date and perhaps beyond. Check it out an ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, audiobook
Is this book fiction or nonfiction? A little bit of both.
I was annoyed with this book early on and dropped it!
Apr 09, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"American Conspiracies" by Jesse Ventura was a very different perspective on some of the biggest events in American history. It talks about events all the way back from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the JFK assassination, to Nixon's Watergate Scandal, to 9/11. Jesse expresses how he thinks some events may have either been inside jobs or that there was more to those events than met the eye.
I like how Ventura looks at things from a different perspective. I don't agree with all the ide
Vannessa Anderson
Dec 16, 2011 Vannessa Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
American Conspiracies is a book that should be read by everyone. American Conspiracies is an in your face accounting of History, and not the History taught us from the History books of omission. The information contained in American Conspiracies is a concise different point-of-view accounting. I encourage everyone to stretch beyond their comfort zones and read American Conspiracies from beginning to end before coming to a conclusion.
Jul 23, 2010 Luke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
This one just got so boring toward the was interesting to read but all the interesting parts were sandwiched between pages and pages of crap. Ventura definitely gives more than a little bit of convincing evidence, though some credibility is taken away by several statements that make him seem paranoid. Overall, it does what it's supposed to do: present evidence of conspiracy theories and let you decide for yourself.
ej cullen
Jul 11, 2010 ej cullen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even with a co-writer, this big Hoss still needs a writer. I started skimming right after the part where he intimates that the "government" actually brought down the two towers of the World Trade Center. There ARE real conspiracies out there, but Jesse, the ex-wrestler and governor, can't find them. Somebody, put him in a headlock and give him a gentle noogie.
Jun 28, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I didn't agree with every point raised, Ventura makes a good case for examining inconsistencies (and the myriad coincidences) of the "official stories" of the JFK assassination, etc. Last couple of chapters on bank bailouts and national security (Patriot Act, etc.) were rather grim going. Good audio narration.
Todd Sullivan
So, do you have a sort of passing interest in conspiracies but don't really know where to start? This might be just the place you're looking for! Former wrestler, former mayor, former navy seal, former governor, digs into some of the most popular conspiracy theories of the last 100 years for a book that amounts to an introductory guide to US conspiracy theory -- think of it as Conspiracy 101.

And to be fair, he does a pretty solid job of it. Whether you're interested in assassinations (Lincoln, K
Samantha Penrose
Nov 08, 2011 Samantha Penrose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: RK
I love conspiracy theories, so when a friend urged me to read this I figured that I would give it a try, Jesse Ventura aside. It turns out that Ventura is an even bigger jack ass than I originally took him for. I simply couldn't get through this book.It's like something that a fifth grader wrote...
Dec 23, 2011 Brian marked it as so-bad-ill-never-read-it  ·  review of another edition
Should be titled "American Conspiracy Theories: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That I Parroted from Others". His "documentary" series is the most banal expression of human crackpottery ever to be featured on television, going even so far as to exceed John Edward and The History Channel in fatuousness.
Amanda McGill
Jan 29, 2016 Amanda McGill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I didn't read all of the chapters in Jesse Ventura's novel American Conspiracies, since some didn't interest me. I really liked how each chapter spoke of a different American conspiracy. The chapters are very high level and don't answer too many questions, but it was still a compelling read.
Jul 07, 2010 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's so much stuff out there that you think you know, but you don't. What's impressive about Jessie's book is that he not only presents his case for what might have really happened, he backs up everything with an extensive list of primary documentation in the footnotes.
May 05, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the book I can say I am looking at the history with a fixed fascination. After barely reading the introduction I learned so much especially how the CIA questioned him. Jesse Ventura's book not only felt like it was educational, but I could literally feel the passion in each sentence we wrote up. It feel like he write there in the book debating over the Kennedy assassination, or what really happened on September 11th. unlike most conspiracy theorists he took the time to research eac ...more
May 06, 2010 Aspasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Jesse Ventura looks at the tragic events that have shaped our country's history and turns accepted theories about each event upside down. Lots of research went into this book.
Jordan Tignor
Do I believe all of what was written in this book? Absolutely not. Do I think some of what Ventura has suggested in this book is a bit extreme and bordering on potentially ridiculous? Absolutely, yes. But I expected that when I picked up this book, and if you're one to get irritated with potentially extreme views, this is not a book that I would recommend for you. Yes, some of what Ventura says in this book is extreme, and if he was going for shock-factor, he most certainly achieved that. Despit ...more
May 29, 2010 Captain_Howdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good overview of the most popular conspiracies. All of the important facts are presented in an easily understood writing style. Thumbs up!
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Jesse Ventura is an American politician, actor, author, veteran, and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.

Ventura served as a U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team member during the Vietnam War. He had a long tenure in the World Wrestling Federation, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

In 1951, James George Janos, later known as Jess
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