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History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,441 ratings  ·  337 reviews
It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of removable facsimile documents—the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin a ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Workman Publishing Company
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3.5/5 Stars

"The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of all Time"

Toy story Conspiracy

So the gimmick was a lot of fun. I have to say I loved turning to a new chapter and opening the evidence envelopes filled with copies/reproductions of associated "evidence".
Each conspiracy section was about 10 pages or so with good discussion of the theories and evidence that was out there. The writing was intelligent and humorous.

Conspiracy stories I enjoyed reading about:
Was John Wilkes Booth's death staged? Did he live another 20 years
Jun 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
I love reading conspiracy books. I find them wonderfully amusing most of the time and have to ask myself how anyone can buy into most of them. So I thought that reading this book would be something like that. Man was I wrong. This is like the worst combination of the Daily Show and Fox News Network I have run up against ever. Sensationalism is the order of the day, lack of supporting evidence, that would be real evidence not something that might, sort of, maybe appear to be like evidence, is ama ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This one, unfortunately, was not what I expected. I heard a radio interview with one of the authors and was interested enough to stop by the bookstore on my lunch hour and pick it up. Its look and feel should have been, and was, fair warning of what I was actually getting but I bought it anyway - maybe because I'd asked a worker to help me find it and felt obliged to follow through.

So ... what am I rambling about? History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time was drawn from a History
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
"History Decoded: the 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time" is a perfect resource to help fulfill the requirements of the Common Core. Whether or not this was done purposely, this collection of investigations will give teachers and students some sorely needed assistance on the road to meeting the challenges set forth by this directive.

Each mystery is thoroughly examined, with interviews of witnesses and historians as well as copies of primary documents that add to the authenticity and give the
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I've always been fascinated with historical mysteries, so I had high hopes for this book. However, it seemed to consist of chapters based on episodes in the TV documentary series, which would have been ok except for the casual, chatty quality of the writing. It sounded like they took it, word for word, from the narrator's mouth and set it down on paper. In writing, especially about a non-fiction topic, I would expect a more formal writing style.

What I didn't notice in the series but which was ve
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: conspiracy-ul
I really fought myself on this one, between three or four stars on the rating. I finally settled on four stars just because I really liked the concept that the books author was going for. Meltzer picks a top 10 type of list of conspiracies from his History channel T.V. show and then briefly goes over them. The cool part of the book is at the beginning of each chapter there is a little pocket containing miniaturized replicas of certain documents related to the topic under discussion. While a nove ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I would not recommend this book. I thought this book might be more about historical controversies and not just a list of conspiracy theories. Early into the book I started to get the feeling it was more of conspiracies, but was still hopeful that it would give an interesting and balanced view. However, after reading the first few chapters, though not based on “crazy” theories, it was doing what it could to fan flames of conspiracy (often in cases when there was little or no flame to work with). ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Brad Meltzer opens this book by telling us he's not a conspiracy theorist. It occurs to me that he's a conspiracy theorist who doesn't want to be called a conspiracy theorist.

You'll get an account of several of Meltzer's favorite conspiracies here from the Spear of Destiny to UFOs he looks at the arguments and evidence.....and also of course the conspiracy theories.

It's not a bad read. If you're like me some of the conspiracies discussed will interest you more than others. The final conspiracy d
Wax Faces
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Reads like a summation of several episodes of the show in that you'll get about the level of depth in terms of investigation into each of the conspiracies he explores as you would expect from a 1/2 hour television program. Mostly just seems to tow the company line in terms of what many have come to expect concerning these topics from a standard media source; meaning misinformation and propaganda leading to, "Don't bother trying to find the truth. These 'great mysteries' can never truly be known ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Meltzer's book presents ten great historical mysteries and the conspiracy theories associated with them. It is an enjoyable book to browse and includes numerous illustrations and documentation. As one would expect, few of the mysteries are resolved but enough evidence is presented to make the reader wonder about Area 51, UFOs, the fate of John Wilkes Booth and, above all, the facts surrounding the Kennedy Assassination. Despite the frustration created by the apparent insolubility of these events ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Not as impressed by this book as perhaps some people were, but a generally quick and easy read, with some interesting information. A bit repetitive, almost like watching one of those television shows that repeats information after every break. I was not too familiar with the Confederate gold, but most of the other stories I was somewhat acquainted with.
Ryan H
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are always 3 parts to every story, yours, theirs and then the truth. This audiobook was great and I loved every second of it. It explores some of America's greatest conspiracy theories and best of all it presents the facts and myths in such a way the author is not trying to sway your opinion but just getting his findings to the lime light. It will really get you thinking and that is the whole point of a title like this. Are some of the theories wacky, sure depending on who you are and your ...more
Luke Powers
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it. I read/listened to it for the section on D.B. Cooper. This is an almost word for word transcription o the television show Brad Meltzer's Decoded. So, if you've seen the show there is no need to read the book.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Nothing too ground breaking, but it was fun to read!
Katherine Coble
Fun gimmick. Read piecemeal over time. Nothing earth shattering.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the way to do a book about conspiracies. Just a few pages on each and include an actual document -- or three -- with each one.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book to read for the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, which Meltzer lists in his book as the #1 conspiracy. I suspect that the majority would have much disagreement there.

The whole book is really amazing. The only thing that I didn't like about it was that Meltzer limited his attention to only the "top ten" conspiracies. I wish the book had more to offer than just ten.

As it is, Meltzer doesn't disappoint with the ten within his focus. Having watched his Decoded series,
Nitya Sivasubramanian
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2star
I picked this up eager to read about the unraveling of real-life mysteries, since the intersection of conspiracy theories and history has always been of interest. I was particularly thrilled to see the reproductions of historical documents tucked into the book, because it lead me to believe that I would find well-researched answers to questions that have plagued historians for years.

Sadly however, it seems that "History Vaguely Posited" would have been a better title for this book.

Most of the
Julie Wade
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brad Meltzer is one of my favorite authors. His books are filled with lots of great information.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kind of picked this up randomly on one of my visits to the Hershey library. The premise was intriguing, and as far as quick gimmick reads, it looked good.

But that's all this really is, a quick gimmick read. There's not a whole lot of 'history' to this, or 'information' or 'learning'. Brad Meltzer wants to tell you he's not a conspiracy theorist..... but that's exactly what he is. It's completely written as a conspiracy theorist, and that's all this really is. Just because he wants to tell you h
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is like "history light." Never have seen the show on the History Channel, but the book likes to assume that I have, which was annoying. And I don't think I would pick the ten conspiracies as the top ten in history. I hadn't heard of four of them. And I'm not sure D.B. Cooper is one of the top ten, although being from the Northwest, I do find his story intriguing. I have heard many theories about D.B. Cooper; I actually agreed with the one in this book as being very plausible. But the f ...more
John Martindale
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, history
Well, I was convinced Meltzer wasn't a conspiracy fruit cake, but then he got to his short chapter on aliens and all his credibility elaborated like mist in the blistering sun. He didn't even try in the slightest to be objective, not even one good answers or explanation in response to the nuts and crazies (because he is one). He showed his hand, making it quite clear that he himself is a believer, of course he claimed to have seen a UFO, so I should give him some grace, to see is to believe, aft ...more
Randy Daugherty
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Brad Meltzer decoded programs on the history channel you will enjoy this.
The book takes 10 different conspiracies and devotes a chapter to each the las being the assasination of JFK.
From the Georgia Stones to UFO's and the Spear of Destiny we learn the history and the story of each. Brad at the end of each section gives his and his teams take on the subject often we are left with the possibility of it being real such as Robert Kennedy Jr. saying the evidence points to more t
I am not someone who gets in to the whole conspiracy theory thing, but this was a rather enjoyable audiobook. Several of the stories were new to me, like the Georgia Guidestones and DB Cooper, both of which I found fascinating, but some, like the JFK assassination and John Wilkes Booth, were rehashings of things I have heard a million times.

This book a companion to a History Channel television series, which may account for the heavy emphasis on American conspiracy theories. Indeed, all but two,
Greta Schmidt
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars simply because I couldn't stop reading. I read it in one evening.
J Henderson
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Brad Meltzer provides an entertaining "top 10" most mysterious/controversial historical events list. He covers topics like "Was John Wilkes Booth really killed?" to "What happened at the Roswell incident?"

While most of these mysteries will always have an air of controversy and conspiracy surrounding them, Meltzer offers his own, direct opinion on all the topics. While the book explores all aspects of the conspiracies, I felt that it often over-dramatized the investigation that he and his team u
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time is a great little book. It is quick and very detailed about Ten Conspiracies that are the foundation of the history of American.

I loved every aspect of the book from the lack of John Wilkes Booth conspiracy to what is stored at Fort Knox to the Spear of Destiny (once owned by Heinrich Himmler-one of the authors of the "final solution" the Nazis used to justify what we now call the Holocaust.

Makes me want to buy a shovel and a submarine a
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This a great book for the reluctant reader or historian. It really sparks an interest in history and frankly, if history wasn't taught in such a "this is the way it was" dry sense, more people would be interested! I love how this presents the "facts", the various view points, and the documentation. While I am no lover of inserts into a book, I think for many kids this might add to intrigue of the book. As a tutor, this will be added to my arsenal of books to get a reluctant reader to have the in ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, non-fiction
When I first picked up the book, I was intrigued by the "documents" that came with the book. But after a while, it was more of the way the information was presented that was a bigger draw. While some of the conspiracies listed were actually major events in history, I had never been a studious History student (and my school curriculum probably didn't have these incidents as topics) and so it was mostly new information to me.

I enjoyed reading this book and liked how the information was kept easy
As with his former History Channel show Decoded, Meltzer applies reason, logic, research, and science in his examinations of popular conspiracy theories. Hardcore conspiracists will, as a result, be disappointed -- but people who maintain a healthy balance between skepticism and empiricism will enjoy this short, educational, and often humorous read.

Note to Kindle readers: before clicking on an "Exhibit" link, bookmark the current page you're on. They did not include return links back from the ap
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller lis
“Indeed, to this day, I think if you blame everything on the government, you're not just wrong, you're being reckless. It's as silly as blaming everything on the Freemasons, or the Illuminati, or insert-bad-guy-here. But I do believe that someone must ask the hard questions, especially of our elected officials as well as powerful men who become members of so-called secret societies. Remember: Governments don't lie. People lie. And if you want the real story, you need to find out more about those people.” 5 likes
“In the end, one detail is unarguable: There will always be those searching for treasure. Never forget: We are a country founded on legends and myths. We love them, especially legends of treasure. Looking for treasure isn't just part of being an American, it is America.” 2 likes
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