American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells
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American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells

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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

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Published March 31st 2010 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published March 8th 2010)
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Keely
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
Marvin
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...more
Felonious
May 16, 2010 Felonious rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jim
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
Jacqueline
Jan 16, 2011 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
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...more
Ray
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
Evan
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...more
Ellen Black
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
Shawn Scarano
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
Lisa
Is this book fiction or nonfiction? A little bit of both.
I was annoyed with this book early on and dropped it!
John
"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...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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.
Luke
This one just got so boring toward the end...it 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
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.
John
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.
Samantha Penrose
Nov 08, 2011 Samantha Penrose rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...
Brian
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.
Charles
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.
Aspasia
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
Captain_Howdy
Very good overview of the most popular conspiracies. All of the important facts are presented in an easily understood writing style. Thumbs up!
John
Very good book...makes you think what else the government is hiding from us.
Steve
While I'm not waiting for the black helicopters flown by Obama's UN allies to come overhead to round me up, I do love a good conspiracy story. Former Governor, former wrestler and one-time Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura sure does know a few. The stories behind the assassinations of JFK, RFK, JLK and Malcolm X certainly lend themselves to the sort of drama and dirty-tricks we have seen in countless films and TV dramas. Of course, these events led to the death of real people and effected many more.

Ventu...more
Jonny99
A strangely satisfying blend of mixed nuts. A fellow known as Stanley Drucker landed a clarinetist position with the New York Philharmonic and held it for the next 63 years before recently retiring. If Drucker has among the least diverse resumes, a fellow on the other end of the spectrum is this book’s ”author” Jessie Ventura. Ventura, whom one reflexively remembers wearing a feather boa, has been a Navy SEAL, a “rasslin” superstar, a mayor, the governor of Minnesota, taught at the Kennedy Schoo...more
Scott Wright
I think the reason I really liked this is that I got some information I didn't really know anything about - like Malcolm X. This book introduces many ideas that have been floating around. Just like any conspiracy book most is conjecture and parts of information. There is no question in our society that the official story just isn't quite right. Someone's covering their own backsides. I think part of the problem is that in these things only certain parts of groups are involved so there is plausib...more
Brad McKenna
I've always been hesitant to buy into conspiracy theories. However, there's a world of difference between Area 51 and the 2000 Election. There's proof that Gore won the popular vote and yet lost because of the unnecessary electoral college. Aliens? As much as my sci-fi loving self would like it, there just isn't proof...yet.

As for this book, while I was too young to watch him while he was wrestling I remember his commentary work: "I just give credit where credit's due, Mean Gene!" This book is...more
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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...more
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