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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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The author sounds like a debunker! I Since I’ve got a group of books to review from my vacation that arthuur to get done tonight, I’m going to do this in a good old fashioned pros and cons list.

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Books by Arthur Goldwag. Showing of 40 reviews. If you don’t want to pick up a tome devoted to one specific cult, etc.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons. 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.

The religious want to convert others, pray, and rejoice in their salvation, i. I got what I came for, which was cool new facts about various bloodthirsty cults to rattle off one by one at family dinner parties, but the way it was written made me enjoy the personal anecdotes about the KKK ritual that turned out to be a fraternity initiation.

My interest in the subject has mostly to do with the Conspiracists.


Somewhere out there is someone who believes it. But nope, I didn’t. Or is that what THEY want you to think? Once you go at all beneath the surface you can see that while there is a lot of history most of it is just truly sad or just negligible.

Just a societiws while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some topics are familiar—the Kennedy assassinations, the Bilderberg Group, ssocieties Illuminati, the People’s Temple and Heaven’s Gate—and some surprising, like Oulipo, a select group of intellectuals who created wild formulas for creating literary masterpieces, and the Chauffeurs, an eighteenth-century society of French home invaders, who set fire to their victims’ feet.

Goldwag’s book supplies only the tantalizing breadcrumbs. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This book is on my recommendation list. 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.

The Lost Books of the Odyssey. Given what’s going on this ever-more-paranoid society, a book like this becomes not only titillating but crucially important. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Do you xocieties so and why? I call the book encyclopedic because it’s organized that way. Vintage; Original edition August 11, Language: He need to update this golldwag and use conspiracirs better format and higher grade of paper.

Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies

No trivia or aarthur yet. Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies is a must-have resource for the student of human nature, sociology, or popular culture. This is a general reference book, and gives the author’s opinion as to why people engage and join these groups and ideas.

The book does a good job of showing how the often culrs amazing co-incidents presented to prove a conspiracy are just facts pulled out of pure air and made to look like they are part of something bigger.


He tries to draw a lot of connections, and they are there, but it’s tough to depict the paranoid webs AND the ways they influence each other without beginning artyur sound crazy one’s self. Mar 28, Callie Rose Tyler rated it it was ok. God Is Not One. This cultish crowd recruited ex military men and scientists and stockpiled conventional chemical and biological weapons such as ebola virus, anthrax, cholera, and botulin, artgur which Asahara planned to hasten the advent of Armageddon.

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Not a page goes by without some “I-didn’t-know-that! The secret societies section was a bit of a let down, but not due to the writing. Apr 10, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. I took forever to finish the last conspirscies sections.

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Dec 27, Sintija Goldwaag rated it liked it Shelves: For many of these secret societies, I would have liked much more information. Having taught both urban legends and the cultural paranoia class, I wasn’t rea Meh. This is an extremely comprehensive study of cults, conspiracies, and secret societies, and the research is incredible.

Cults, Conspiracies, And Secret Societies

Lots of great information in this book, and it is quite broad in scope, while not as in-depth as I would have liked. Feb 12, David rated it really liked it. It also lacks an index, which made it infuriating at times.