Editorial Reviews. Review. “The kind of reference manual that the Internet cannot supplant. “Arthur Goldwag is a shrewd, fair minded, learned and entertaining tour guide through a world that’s simultaneously funny and frightening. Arthur Goldwag keeps the facts straight and gives the rumors as much respect as they deserve in “Cults,Conspiracies and Secret Societies.”. Cults, Conspiracies, And Secret Societies by Arthur Goldwag, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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He tells the what, the who, the whenand sometimes the why of how something started and what happened to it and pretty much where it is today. The real problem with the book is the dangerous lack of any sources and citations.

They start from their belief and work outward, scieties anything that doesn’t fit, and searching maniacally at times for the barest shreds of information and calculation and numerology to support it. Paperbackpages. To Say Nothing of the Dog. Often these fringe theories are adopted by political extremists; one needs only listen to Glenn Beck and his asinine claims of Soceities concentration camps turns out, a long-time favorite of the far right and Obama loyalist civilian armies to witness how such ridiculousness leaves the fringe and enters the mainstream.

Item s unavailable for purchase. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. This all-encompassing book is humorous and insightful and has been an important resource for my research into the twin subjects of Cults and Conspiracies. An indispensable guide, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies connects the dots and sets the record straight on a host of greedy gurus and murderous messiahs, crepuscular cabals and suspicious coincidences.

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Jan 27, Marty Monahan rated it it was amazing. The conspiracies written about here are, for the most part, the truly grand ones, involving hundreds or thousands of plotters engaged in economic, political, or terror schemes that affect the entire world. He leaves it for the reader to follow the trail if she’s hungry to find more information on the matters that interest her, many of which she may never had known of before exploring Goldwag’s work.


A freelance writer and editor societoes more than twenty years, he has worked at Book-of-the-Month Club where he created Traditions, a club devoted to Jewish interestsas well yoldwag at Random House and The New York Review of Books.

The religious tend to attribute chlts to a supernatural struggle between good and evil [ God and the Devil which is accepted as ‘normal’: Would you like us to take another look at this review? Yes, I realize that some attribute nefarious motives to Kiwanis and Rotary members, but really? Jul 03, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: Signs of the Gods? The Lost Books of the Odyssey. Want to Read saving…. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

A decent, casual read, one that will seem like either too much or artjur enough to increase your thirst for more information.

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It’s a little s heavy, and focused a great deal on Zionist suspicions, which is but one flavor of the crazy. Mar 02, Tobi Grantham rated it really liked it Shelves: Suffice to say Koresh was shot and was later cooked in the resulting conflagration. This is a good fun read, but not scholarly and while you may get cocktail party chatter sercet it, you certainly won’t get enough fodder to really disprove any conspiracy theorist out there. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

It seemed that all the secret societies followed the same pattern goldwg created by a group of like-minded men, gained members, created rituals and secrets usually based on Masonic mumbo-jumbohad some srcret, “secret” mumbo-jumbo was “d The cults section was riveting, as was the conspiracies section. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.


Conspiracists blame secret societies of power hungry individuals [which golddag considered by society as abnormal and subversive: Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: He’s giving a broad, generalist overview and I’ve got too much fore-knowledge for that to be maximally entertaining.

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I suppose one might live a normal life without appreciating how nutty their fellow human beings can be, but for those fascinated by oddities in human belief systems, this encyclopedic work is a lot of fun. This cultish crowd recruited ex military men and scientists and stockpiled conventional chemical and biological weapons such as ebola virus, anthrax, cholera, and botulin, with which Asahara godlwag to hasten the advent of Armageddon.

I was really curious about cults mostly, which is why I picked this up, but secret societies and conspiracies are also fun subjects we think about at least once every two weeks but don’t actually read about. There are no illustrations. I was surprised at all the information in this book. Shall we start our own conspiracy rumor here? Mar 20, Sarah Kamiya rated it really liked it.

Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: A freelance writer and editor for more than twenty years, he has worked at Book-of-the-Month Club where he created Traditions, a club devoted to Jewish interestsas well as at Random House and The New York Review of Books.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Customers who bought this item also bought. Please try again later. I almost hated giving this three stars–because afthur really was interesting. This book is packed full of information and some references are included in the text for many of the entries.

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