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Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch
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Mar 21, 2011

really liked it
Read from March 14 to 21, 2011

Aaronovitch's exploration of some of the lasting conspiracy theories of the 20th and 21st centuries is enthralling. This is not a book for those who hold fast to conspiracy theories-- Aaronovitch's careful, reasoned skepticism dismantles them utterly.

One thing that I particularly liked about the book was the focus not just on rightist theories but from those held by the left as well. I was especially gratified to find his discussion of the Stalinist show trials thorough. He also discusses the lengths gone to by the western left to avoid thinking about the possibility that the USSR was not the paradise they believed it to be.

Overall, this is a great introduction to conspiracy thinking. There are more scholarly books out there--Jodi Dean's Aliens in America for example, but Voodoo History forgoes cultural theory in favor of common sense.
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