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The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
  • Authored by: Michael Newton
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816055408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5540-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 364.1
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 432


Does the CIA covertly utilize “mind control” drugs and techniques? Are satanic messages subliminally hidden in popular music? Were Freemasons behind London’s Jack the Ripper murders? Did Kurt Cobain really commit suicide, or was he murdered? Did American astronauts really walk on the moon or was the whole event concocted on a sound stage? Does your vote really count or is the U.S. president chosen by secretive societies such as the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Illuminati? In an objective, fact-based manner, The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories thoroughly documents and explores these and other provocative questions.

This intriguing reference provides more than 500 detailed entries that define the major conspiracies, both proven and unproven, throughout history. From the “inheritance powder” of the Medicis to the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, this encyclopedia investigates the broad history of conspiracies and their impact on global affairs and everyday life. Entries include biographies, specific events, profiles of groups, and thumbnail histories of notorious nations, each noting whether the conspiracy at hand is documented (BCCI, Project Paperclip) or speculative (alien abductions, New World Order) and offering concise analysis of the evidence and plausibility of those that remain unproved.

Entries include:

  • Alien abductions
  • Area 51
  • Bilderberg Group
  • Earth liberation front
  • Fluoridated water
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Iran-contra conspiracy
  • Jonestown Massacre
  • KGB
  • Mind control
  • Reichstag fire
  • Secret police
  • Snuff films
  • World Trade Center bombing
  • and many others.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Bibliography.

About the Author(s)

Michael Newton is a professional writer who has published more than 140 books. He has written primarily about crime, with a specialization in serial murder. His books for Facts On File include The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers; The Encyclopedia of High-Tech Crime and Crime-Fighting; The Encyclopedia of Kidnappings; The Encyclopedia of Robberies, Heists, and Capers; and The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes. He lives in Nashville, IN.

Reviews and Awards

"...would be a great addition to a library's collection."

"Unlike most encyclopedias users will find that they want to read the entire book from cover to cover...this enticing volume is recommended for both public and academic libraries."
American Reference Books Annual

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