Book by English journalist Jon Ronson
, being marketed at the moment as the handbook for the Channel 4
documentary The Secret Rulers of the World
Ronson, himself Jewish, decided to examine the world of people who believe in a Global Jewish Conspiracy up close, and along the way also took in various other conspiracy theorists and fanatics. Interwined with these encounters is the search for evidence of the existence of the Bilderberg Group and the reported Satanic goings-on in Bohemian Grove, California - two names that roll off the tongue of any dedicated conspiracy theorist.
I myself, being Jewish, read the book very much from the point of view of racism and antisemitism - I'm ashamed to admit that the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations interested me more than whether or not Henry Kissinger wears drag (you'll have to read the book). With every person Ronson interviewd, I read between the lines, trying to find tell-tale signs of antisemitism. But you don't have to be Jewish to find the book facinating - Ronson often leaves questions of race to one side and concentrates, with a large degree of success, on the people he's talking to and the things they are saying.
One of the best things about the book is that it's refreshingly non-judgemental. Ronsons has no agenda - he is neither a conspiracy theorist himself nor one who scoffs at them as loonies in general. He examines every argument put before him from every possible angle and arrives at conclusions which are solidly based in reality, although they are rarely as conformist as you'd imagine. He also deals with self-proclaimed antisemites calmly, without fear or resentment, and records their opinions for what they are - opinions. A ringing validation of his journalistic integrity is the fact that he never, either intentionally or not, made David Icke look ridiculous or crazy - just a guy with an idea, struggling to get it across.
The book is a gripping read. Even if conspiracy theories bore you to death, you will be cought in Ronson's hilarious and sometimes terrifying experiences (how the man manages to make being exposed as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp funny, I'll never know) and his doggedly level headed approach to all the madness he surrounds himself with.