• Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies

  • By: Arthur Goldwag
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-11-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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Freemasonry's first American lodge included a young Benjamin Franklin among its members.

The Knights Templar began as impoverished warrior monks then evolved into bankers.

Groom Lake, Dreamland, Homey Airport, Paradise Ranch, The Farm, Watertown Strip, Red Square, "The Box," are all names for Area 51.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. Divided into three sections, its hundreds of entries separate facts from myths.
Some topics are familiar: the Kennedy assassinations, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, Area 51, the People's Temple, and Heaven's Gate - and some surprising, like Oulipo, a select group of intellectuals (Italo Calvino was a member) who created wild formulas for creating literary masterpieces, and the Chauffeurs, an 18th-century society of French home invaders, who set fire to their victims' feet.
Easy to spend hours with and fun to dip into, and seasoned with just the right amount of common sense skepticism, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies is a refreshing look at some of the most fascinating people, moments, and places in history.
©2009 Arthur Goldwag (P)2009 Random House
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2 out of 5 stars
By Dr. on 12-30-11

Many interesting fact - BUT

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author obviously does not believe in conspiracies. As much as he tried to convince the listener of his bias, he is thoroughly biased. He really should have prefaced the book with something like :

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2 out of 5 stars
By Dean on 08-21-09


Sounds exotic, but it's not very insightful, or even well-researched. A very superficial look at some cultic groups. No secrets exposed here.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joe on 01-26-11

a great listen

if this had been a handheld reading book, then i would not have been able to put it down. the content is exactly what i was looking for. one main point is that i can go back again and again whenever i need to, to remind myself of details in this book. thanx AUDIBLE for a great listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Armstrong on 02-19-16

entertainingly read and interesting stuff

this book won't give you too much information on the subjects it covers.l, but it is a good introduction to all three categories and certainly inspired me to.read up.on some of the subjects.

the weakest section is the conspiracies as many were well known and you can't say much about crackpot stuff like that.

the narrator was good, varying his tone and pitch to.keep things interesting.

most surpinging thing was learning the Assassin"s from the popular game series Assassin"s Creed were based on a real historical cult.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Cameron on 01-19-17

Sanctamonious drivel

Author clearly considers himself better than the 'certifiably insane' 'conspiracists' whose ideas he mocks, despite some of his own statements having been proven ridiculously wrong in the years since this book was written.

Goldwag thinks Al Qaeda was neither a religious nor social movement, a statement about as insane and contrary to evidence as any of the conspiracies he chose to cover.

The cherrypicking of fringe, right-wing conspiracy theories clearly shows the political bias and discreditation intended by the author.

I've never met a conspiracy theorist who cares about numerology as much as the author of this book seems to - but there was FAR too much time spent on numerologucal rantings and references to pop-culture movies/books.

Sad to see someone approach child-molesting cultists with respect, but refer openly to the 'paranoid delusions' of conspiracy theorists.


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