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Debunked!: Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends, and Evil Plots of the 21st Century

 
 
Author
Richard Roeper.
Publisher Chicago Review  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.9 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781556527074
Pages/Publication Date 244/2008
Daedalus Item Code 61742
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Flight 93 secretly landed in Cleveland, where the passengers were whisked off to a NASA facility; Nostradamus predicted JFK Jr.'s plane crash, which was engineered by the One World Government; Donald Rumsfeld was behind the bird flu panic—that's what it's like to live inside the mind of the 21st-century conspiracy theorist, who believes that all you have to do is look at the signs and you'll see what's really going on. More than just a popular television movie critic, Richard Roeper is also a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the author of Urban Legends and Hollywood Urban Legends. As in those books, here he lays out the basics of more than two dozen of the most persistent conspiracy theories and rumored truths, quotes some of the true believers, and then takes the theory apart piece by piece.

"Roeper takes on a variety of widely believed myths about pop culture, politics, sports, business, and even religion. He approaches his targets—whether conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Princess Diana or those mysterious faces appearing on food products—from a commonsensical point of view, asking simply, Where's the evidence? For instance, you've heard that it wasn't the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center on 9/11 that caused the towers to fall, but rather that the collapse resulted from the towers being rigged with explosives in advance. Perfectly logical, except that the biggest piece of evidence in support of the theory (that jet fuel doesn't burn at a temperature high enough to melt steel) is irrelevant (because the steel of the towers wouldn't need to melt, just weaken and buckle). Along with pointing out why much-loved legends are asinine, Roeper isn't above going for laughs."—Booklist

 
 
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