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The Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracies: From the Knights Templar to the JFK Assassination: Uncovering the [Real] Truth Behind the World's Most Controversial Conspiracy Theories

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Did the noble order of the Knights Templar guard a secret about Jesus’ birth?
Was the moon landing faked in a Hollywood movie studio?
Is the government keeping the remains of an alien spacecraft in the top-secret Area 51?

Monte Cook takes a look at conspiracy theories—ranging from the historically complex to the seriously whacked out. With a disbelieving eye, he traces the hi
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 18th 2009 by Adams Media (first published 2009)
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Jenny
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This was interesting...written for those who don't know a lot about conspiracy theory or who are skeptical (both true of me). It goes into many of the most common conspiracy theories (such as alien abductions, assassination of JFK, 9/11, the Templars and Masons and Illuminati, and The New World Order.) I appreciated that at the end of each chapter he included a ranking about how plausible the conspiracy is, how strange it is, as well as resources to find more information. Most of the conspiracie ...more
Jenn
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Interesting overview of conspiracy theories marred by interlocutions by a purported "true believer" and the brevity of each overview. Many explanations for "conspiracies" are overlooked /ignored. Not sure entirely skeptical, but a good introduction to the topic.
Clark
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable and quick read; well written and presenting many facts and some speculation. The author clearly does not promote any conspiracy or particular world view. In fact, the author frequently calls various conspiracy theorists "nuts", etc. I suspect there was a good deal of witty banter going on while this book was written.

For this review I looked at the 27 separate conspiracy theories presented in the book. Each theory has its own chapter--however, the theories are not presented
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Joel Flank
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracies, from the knights templar to the JFK assassination: uncovering the (real) truth behind the world's most controversial (covered up) conspiracy theories by Monte Cook is both a humorous and interesting read. It lays out the most common and most outrageous conspiracy theories in a 'factual' and amusing way. In this case, factual means by factually presenting the conspiracy theories of others. Monte makes no claims to the veracity of the various theories, and in f ...more
Justin
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book for two reasons: first, because I saw it was by Monte Cook (of D&D fame), and second, because I work retail, and one of my regular customers (who seemed perfectly normal for the longest time), has recently taken to going on at length about some very...out-there stuff. The Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracies seemed like the perfect crash course into some of the topics this guy's been talking about. And I was right; it's actually a bit scary, how much of what's come out of th ...more
Marko
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rpg
As somebody who knows nothing about various conspiracies but still find the subject fascinating, Monte Cook's The Skeptic's Guide is a perfect reading - well written, with logicaly organised information and humorous observations.

Also, as a role-game player and a gamemaster, I found the book to be basically The Gamemaster's Guide to Conspiracies. It's a treasure-trove of information and plot hooks for any GM who's not up to date on the world of 'para-politics'.

The books gives an overview of 27 di
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Tyler
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you are new to conspiracies (like me), then this is the book for you. This book covers the basic, big conspiracy theories. It covers JFK and MLK assassinations, 9/11, Roswell, Area 51, the Moon landing, and others... or maybe they're all connected!
Each review of the theories contain the basic elements of the theory. I'm sure you could write several books on each topic themselves, but this book is a great introduction. Also, at the end of each chapter/theory there is a plausabilty rating. I'm
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Jill Elizabeth
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
The Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracies was a used-book sale find for me - I was intrigued by the cover art because it included not only the text on the cover, but what looked to be handwritten notes in the margins. How fun, I thought - a conspiracy theory book with a sense of humor! The seemingly handwritten notes appear throughout the text - the typewritten text is presented as the explanations - and debunking - of the more popular conspiracy theories, with the handwritten marginalia apparently pe ...more
Steven Cole
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked up this book because I'd been a fan of Monte Cook's game design products for years, and was curious what his "other" stuff was like.

The "other" stuff in this case was "The Skeptic's Guide to Conspiracies". It's a humorous overview of various popular conspiracy theories (the Templars, the JFK assassination, the "faked" moon landing, and many others). The book has two threads in its authorship: the first is a tongue-in-cheek, "these guys are kooks" sort of description; the second is "hand
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Cat Noe
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Cat by: M
Every word of this is obviously true. Except, of course, for the reptiles at the center of the earth- clearly, you must mean Lovecraft's Old Ones, no?

Or you might step over to this fine book by Mackay on Extraordinary Popular Delusions for a much more informative, reality based, and not really much less curious read. People don't actually need conspiracies to drive themselves to ruin. They do that well enough all on their own.

This was good for a few laughs, but not really much more than that. T
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Kelly
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely an interesting read. Lays out the biggest/most famous/popular conspiracies in clear, easy to understand terms, and then rates how possible the conspiracy actually is. But you don't really get a sense that he believes any of them, even the ones that seem frighteningly possible. (Such as the Kennedy assassination which he rates as an 8/10 plausibility or the War on Drugs which is a 7/10)
Adam
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a TRIP. Hilarious, and seriously thought-provoking as well. The nature of conspiracies and conspiracy-thinkers, as well as the various Inhuman Plots to Destroy The World (Majestic 12, The Mafia, the 23 Enigma, Reptilians?!!?) are fascinating..!!
Julie
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I can't figure out how I feel about this book. I think the concept was good, but the execution was poor.
Patrick
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Very good survey of conspiracy theories. The "handwritten" liner notes from the conspiracy believer make a good counterbalance to the dry and somewhat dismissive conspiracy skeptic author.
Katie
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, 2016
Always an entertaining read. I love the concept.
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The game designer
Monte Cook started working professionally in the game industry in 1988. In the employ of Iron Crown Enterprises, he worked with the Rolemaster and Champions games as an editor, developer, and designer. In 1994, Monte came to TSR, Inc., as a game designer and wrote for the Planescape and core D&D lines. When that company was purchased by Wizards of the Coast, he moved to the
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