THE FACTS – THE THEORIES – THE EVIDENCE
The Moon landings. JFK. Watergate. The Gunpowder Plot. 9/11. The New World Order. Since the political intrigues of the Roman Empire, nearly every significant event of the last 2,000 years has sparked off a conspiracy theory.
Andy Thomas sifts through the evidence of more than 30 major conspiracies and sets them against the social and psychological factors that have prompted them to spread. Thematically arranged, the accounts are stripped of unfounded opinion and presented factually but accessibly, dramatically highlighting the core issues. It is up to the reader to decide where the ultimate truth behind each theory lies.
All of the themes above, and more besides, are analysed and discussed intelligently and compellingly by Andy Thomas in this timely overview of essential subjects which potentially influence everyone’s lives today.
Published by Watkins Publishing, 2013, reprinted 2015
‘Reasoned, objective and, most importantly, fair. It is a valuable addition to the existing canon of literature in this most fractious of subjects: fascinating, sometimes worrying and highly recommended.’ – Phenomena Magazine
‘A highly readable, accessible guide to key conspiracies from Roman antiquity to modern times… Whether steeped in conspiracy lore or just a novice, you’ll get a better handle on what’s really going on in the world by reading Andy Thomas’s Conspiracies.’ – Nexus Magazine
‘Rational analysis of available evidence is essential in order to draw an informed conclusion. This is precisely what Andy does in this book, which makes it a reliable source for those unfamiliar with this kind of material… It is neatly self contained and recommended as a useful introduction to many controversial topics.’ – Network Review
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CONSPIRACIES – CONTENTS BREAKDOWN:
1 – WHAT IS CONSPIRACY THEORY?
What really constitutes a conspiracy? Who can be classified as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ and why is it necessarily a bad thing to be one, as the establishment would have us believe? What are the psychological traits that lead people to question official viewpoints? How do initially unlikely-sounding theories, such as the one that says Beatle Paul McCartney actually died in 1966 and was replaced by a double, give valuable insights into the many grey areas of conspiracy theory?
2 – HISTORICAL CONSPIRACIES
How does the Great Fire of Rome resonate with certain modern events? Why were there so many Tudor conspiracy theories? Was the famous Gunpowder Plot in truth a government set-up? Was James II’s heir really stillborn and a replacement smuggled in via a bed-warming pan? Were the false tales of a 17th century ‘Popish plot’ a conspiracy in themselves?
3 – FALSE-FLAG CONSPIRACIES
Did Winston Churchill seal the fate of the ocean liner Lusitania to bring the Americans into the First World War? Did President Franklin D. Roosevelt sacrifice Pearl Harbor to enemy action? What resonance does the burning of the German Reichstag parliament have to later events? Was the ‘accidental’ attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 an attempt to foment a wider Middle East war? Did the Vietnam conflict begin with an entirely fictional event?
4 – POLITICAL CONSPIRACIES
What was the Watergate/Nixon affair really all about? Do anomalies in the photographic evidence and other areas support the theory that the whole truth of the NASA Moon landings has not been told? Was the WikiLeaks scandal a manipulated plot to distract from other, more serious crimes? What wider effect did the British MPs’ expenses and the Murdoch phone-hacking scandals have on public trust?
5 – ASSASSINATION CONSPIRACIES
Were there other gunmen present at the shooting of JFK, and why did Jack Ruby really kill Lee Harvey Oswald afterwards? Was Diana, Princess of Wales, murdered, as the majority of British citizens think? Did UN weapons inspector David Kelly really take his own life?
6 – 9/11 AND RELATED CONSPIRACIES
Could the attacks of 9/11 have been wholly or partially engineered by agencies within the USA itself, as around 50% of the world’s population now believes? Did the 7/7 London bombings take place as we were told? Could Russian intelligences have been involved in the infamous Moscow apartment-block explosions?
7 – EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL CONSPIRACIES
Was evidence of a crashed flying saucer found near Roswell hidden in the legendary Area 51? Why do so many people believe that evidence for UFOs and ETs is actively covered-up? Did a race of reptilian aliens seed a bloodline aeons ago which has been handed down through the ruling classes over the centuries?
8 – NEW WORLD ORDER CONSPIRACIES
Is there a secret governing elite ruling from the shadows, using fear, economic manipulation and control agendas to create a network of global superstates? What will happen to individual liberty if micro-chipping is enforced in an increasingly intrusive surveillance state? What are the secrets of the occult Bohemian Grove rituals, known to be attended by high-level politicians? What is the basis of the belief that ‘chemtrails’ and high-energy technology such as the controversial HAARP project are being used to oppress humankind..?
NOTES AND REFERENCES
Andy describes the aims of Conspiracies:
‘After The Truth Agenda, I realised that I had much more to say on the direct subject of conspiracy theories and I wanted to explore their background and history in a broader way. A welcome opportunity came up to write a book on the subject for the renowned Watkins Publishing and I was happy to take up the challenge. Aware that talk of conspiracies is all too easily dismissed and attacked by the mainstream media and establishment, I was keen to ensure that the picture presented in Conspiracies was as credible and rational as I could make it. Too often, the academic world is guilty of the very same foibles it accuses conspiracy theorists of, and I wanted to explore its false perception of theorists in the first section, before moving on to look at the actual evidence for the conspiracies themselves.’
‘The historical parallels for today’s theories are rife, so parts of the earlier chapters look at some of the precedents, to show that claims of ‘false flag’ attacks and establishment plots have always been around in one form or another – often with good reason. If they could happen in past centuries, why not now? Thus the book makes a strong case for this. Moreover, I wanted to anticipate some of the criticisms that are often thrown towards certain theories, so I included at the end of every chapter a selection of these typical comments, followed by a series of reasonable answers to many of them, ones that I believe should be listened to more than they are.’
‘Overall, Conspiracies exists to give the best and most accessible overview possible in a readable-length book to a subject that can often be complex and much misunderstood. The response to it has been very positive and I hope, like The Truth Agenda, that it provides a valuable tool for getting closer to the reality of things all too often denied by those with much to gain by public ignorance of these crucial areas.’