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Conspiracies Declassified

The Skeptoid Guide to the Truth Behind the Theories

About The Book

A collection of the wildest conspiracies to ever exist, from mind control experiments to lizard people, this book explores, debunks—and sometimes proves—the secret stories that don’t quite make it into the history books.

What’s fact and what’s fiction? With conspiracy theories, sometimes it’s hard to get to the truth!

In Conspiracies Declassified, author and expert skeptic Brian Dunning explains fifty true stories of famous conspiracies throughout history. From the moon landing hoax, to chemtrails, to the mind control dangers of fluoride, Dunning is here to sort the truth from the lies to tell you what really happened.

About The Author

Brian Dunning is a science writer and the current host and producer of the podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena ( He has lectured on conspiracy theories at universities nationwide and in Germany and Australia, including an annual appearance at a national security course at American University in Washington DC. He has appeared on numerous radio shows and television documentaries, and also hosts the science video series inFact with Brian Dunning. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. He lives in Bend, Oregon. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Adams Media (June 5, 2018)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781507206997

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Raves and Reviews

“What Brian Dunning does brilliantly here is give readers a framework for how to analyze conspiracy theory claims, [a way] to know which conspiracy theories are likely to be true or false or indeterminable. A must-have addition to the book shelves of all concerned citizens.”

– Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, and monthly columnist for Scientific American.

“In today’s murky world of social media and fake news, how can we know what is true and what is phony? Brian Dunning cuts through the misinformation to get to the truth of our most popular conspiracy theories. He brings the best arguments and evidence to bear—and the results will surprise you.”

– Dr. Joe Uscinski, coauthor of American Conspiracy Theories.

"Is Conspiracies Declassified for you? Poke your head out from under your bed and find out."

– The Oregonian

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