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Conspiracy

By: Tom Phillips,Jonn Elledge
Narrated by: Jonn Elledge,Tom Phillips
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Summary

Tom Phillips (Humans; Truth) and Jonn Elledge (The Compendium of Not Quite Everything) team up to debunk the greatest conspiracy theories humans have ever espoused—to teach us how not to fall for them.

From the Satanic Panic to the anti-vaxx movement, it's always been human nature to believe we're being lied to by the powers that be (and sometimes, to be fair, we absolutely are).

But while it can be fun to indulge in a bit of Deep State banter on the family Whatsapp group, recent times have shown us that some of these theories have taken on a life of their own—and in our dogged quest for the truth, it appears we might actually be doing it some damage.

In Conspiracy, Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge take us on a fascinating, insightful and often hilarious journey through conspiracy theories old and new, to try and answer an important question: how can we learn to log off the QAnon message boards, and start trusting hard evidence again?

©2022 Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Just binge read all of the books by the authours. Really humourous interesting and thought provoking. Well read/written.

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Very fair and even-handed, relentlessly rational

Good treatment of an overdone theme. Relentlessly rational and funny. Well read by the authors.

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Interesting in parts, but inaudible in parts too

Way too much historical rambling in the first few chapters, which quickly becomes boring. Picks up the pace a bit later but is still not as gripping as you might expect given the subject matter and its relevance to the current global situation.

The biggest problem, which ruined the listen for me, is the second of the two narrators who speaks lispingly at a rapid pace and at times trots out sentences that are completely incomprehensible. Words just run together into one long indistinct noise and the point of the sentence is completely lost. How did this get past the editing stage of the first chapter? Baffling.

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God only knows

I particularly enjoyed the history of the Illuminati in this book, there were other tantalising stories, but I thought it was padded out with some stuff that would have been better unsaid.
I was hoping for a bit more of a clarification on some of the recent conspiracies of the Trump era, but it wasn’t to be.

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  • kaveh
  • 04-11-22

Excellent in form and content

History of conspiratorial thinking alternately narrated by the authors themselves who bring their already beautifully written text to life.