Conspiracies & Secret Societies
The Complete Dossier

By Brad Steiger & Sherry Steiger
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
Alternate Perceptions Magazine
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Rd #414
Canton, MI 48187-2075
2006, 539 pages,
$24.95 USA $32.95 Canada
ISBN: 1-57859-174-0
The legendary and indefatigable writing team of Brad and Sherry Steiger have put together a truly massive and comprehensive pictorial book of encyclopedic proportions dealing with a truly wide-range of information on alleged conspiracies and secret societies. A handy reference tool for the seasoned conspiracy buff or the newcomer alike, this book parades out for your thoughtful inspection and reading enjoyment not only the old cherished classics like L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society, Aleister Crowley and the Order of the Golden Dawn, Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, MK-ULTRA, the Montauk Project, and of course the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, but also brings us up-to-date with more recent headline events like Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, Al-Qaeda, Asian Tsunami 2004, AIDS/HIV, West Nile Virus, Waco, Order of the Solar Temple, the Oklahoma City bombing, Heaven's Gate, to name but a very few alleged conspiracies and secret societies detailed in this thought-provoking volume.
In addition, if you enjoy conspiracy claims with a UFO twist then you'll probably be pleased with this book's coverage of the Men In Black mystery, MJ-12, the Philadelphia Experiment, Roswell, crop circles, Area 51, alien abductions, the alien autopsy film, alleged undersea UFO bases, and the 'mysterious deaths' of prominent UFO researchers.
The price is exceptionally reasonable, the coverage of the data is most comprehensive, and whether you're a true blue conspiracy believer or just curious about the subjects and materials covered in this massive book, it's a very handy reference, an impressive compilation of data from many different sources, and a very entertaining read from cover-to-cover.
I am sure that Brad and Sherry's objective is not to convince anyone of the merits of any particular belief system or allegation, but rather to make available and present the material, the leads, as well as vital reference sources, so that the curious and interested reader can have access to alternative information sources and views outside of the narrowly focused mainstream media, and thus have the tools by which to arrive at hopefully more complete and informed interpretations of historic events and movements that generate the stuff of controversy, legend, mystery and intrigue.
The book also discourses some on the elements of fiction and how it has been creatively shaped and manipulated to describe and address many of these mysteries, with a section toward the end of the book on the popular and long-running television series, The X-Files, which the Steiger's note that for 'conspiracy theorists, UFO buffs, and paranormal enthusiasts...was the defining series of the 1990s.'
Conspiracies and Secret Societies: The Complete Dossier is a volume that I can highly recommend to my readers. It would make a handsome addition to the library shelves of anyone who enjoys a good intellectual challenge posed by tales of mystery, conspiracy, and the alleged activities of secret societies. This book delves into and reports on all sorts of brain-teasing mysteries in vast multiples, from all over the world, both ancient and modern.
Review - Jeff Rense
"Conspiracies And Secret Societies is an absolute masterpiece of the genre.  I remain stunned at how much crucial data...concise, succinct and brilliantly written...has been miraculously, deftly assembled between two covers of a book.
"In this preposterously confused, propagandized, and virulently misinformed world, to simply sit down and read this masterpiece immediately begins to bring much of the noise, lurking madness and murky chaos into focus and clarity.
"Knowledge is power...and *secret* knowledge is arguably the most fearsome power of all.  However, with this epic database in hand, not only is one carried to a higher level of global understanding but also gains the bonus of some sorely-needed relief from the stress and anxiety of *not* knowing how the Great Game is being manipulated and played.
"I predict this book will come to be the standard by which all efforts at codifying the world's hidden   - and inextricably linked - power mechanisms will be judged.  It is a true geopolitical, historical classic...a marvel by any measure...and will be read decades from now as the ultimate window back into a world seemingly gone mad.
"Wonderfully presented and edited, this mass of crucial, essential data seems to flow right off the pages like a river of enlightenment directly into the parched mind of the truth seeker. Magnificent."
- Jeff Rense, Editor-in-Chief of
and Producer/Host Of The Jeff Rense Program
A Nice Review From Sweden
This thoroughly researched A-Z encyclopedia is an essential tool and a "must-have" for everyone studying our conspiracy planet. In a nonjudgmental and a non-condemning way, Brad and Sherry Steiger beautifully present the different theories of about 250 controversial topics.
"Conspiracies and Secret Societies: The Complete Dossier" is not only a unique reference library for yourself but also the perfect solution for your friends or family members who have given you the "blank stare" every time you mention terms like "the Illuminati" or "the New World Order".
 - Henrik Palmgren, Host Red Ice Radio and editor of


Read It, But
Check Your Back

By Steven Greenhut
Senior Editorial Writer
The Orange Country Register

Just the other day, I nearly lost my cool with a caller who seemed to have some good information about a real estate scam, but then used the word "conspiracy" and alleged deep, dark misdoings that went far beyond the amount of evidence she provided. As the authors of "Conspiracies and Secret Societies," explain, most of these theories contain a kernel of truth, and they are popular because they attempt to explain evil.
The key component of a conspiracy theory, according to the authors (quoting political scientist Michael Barkun), is that "[n]othing happens by accident. Nothing is as it seems. Everything is connected."
And so authors Brad and Sherry Steiger have set upon the useful task of documenting the many popular conspiracy theories in a taut reference book.
The book is a wonderful read: It calmly and rationally explains the sort of urban myths and conspiracy theories that we all hear dribs and drabs about around the water cooler, but of which few of us really know the details. For example, there are the Bilderbergers, the secret society of 600 ultrawealthy people who supposedly want to control the world. There's the allegation that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols carried out the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on behalf of a secret government agency. And who really knows about the way the Zionists are attempting to control the world if one doesn't at least read the Middle Eastern press?
Some entries deal with historical events, such as the sinking of the USS Maine, which mysteriously exploded in Havana harbor in 1898. The book recounts the record of what happened, without arguing for or against any conspiracy.
That's the beauty of the book: It appears to lack any particular agenda. In the introduction, the authors say they do not subscribe to any conspiracy theories (although would a true member of a secret society admit as much?), but they clearly are not trying to savage or ridicule such beliefs. In a straightforward manner, they present evidence for a theory and evidence against it. In no way does the reader feel manipulated, and the entries ­ although short ­ provide the necessary basics for anyone looking to do additional research.
A good example is the book's entry on the "Clinton Body Count," popular among right-wingers during Bill Clinton's reign, suggesting that the president had people killed who were on to some of his more corrupt practices. The book explains that idea and then lists the 22 people believed to have been killed or harmed in unusual circumstances. That's it, no commentary on the legitimacy of the theory, just sources on where the names came from.
In the section on 9/11, the book explains that some theorists argue that our own government had a hand in the attacks. It includes a timeline of events from the day, then includes a conspiracy claim ­ i.e., "The jets that struck the WTC and the Pentagon weren't commercial planes but refueling tankers or guided missiles." Then it includes the conspiracy denial: "If the planes that struck the WTC and the Pentagon were tankers or missiles, then what happened to United flights 175 and 93?"
In my view government agencies tend to be incompetent and stupid, barely capable of keeping the lights on, let alone of concocting deeply interconnected conspiracies. The worst evils take place in the light of day for the most obvious reasons, rather than in some dark chamber.
But just because most of the world's evil is of a decidedly nonconspiratorial bent doesn't mean that conspiracies don't exist. Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't watching you. Keep that in mind as you read this always entertaining, sometimes funny, occasionally disturbing reference book.
Nuf said.  
February 18, 2008
By Stephen "Indiana" Spielberg "rune skies" (USA) - 
This book is great. If you have even the slightest interest in conspiracy theories, get this book. You won't be able to put it down (You may also not be able to go to sleep after reading this book). This book covers some of the lesser known conspiracy theories and secret socities such as Heaven's Gate, the Mothman, and many others. It also covers many of the classic conspiracy theories, such as men in black, roswell, area 51, and of course, the new world order. One thing I like about the book is that it gets to the point. It doesn't start out with "It was a clear day in Roswell, New Mexico. The wind was gently blowing, the kids were out playing, and the grass was greener than ever." Instead, it jumps right to what happened, starting out with something like "Something crashed in Roswell New Mexico. The goverment says it was a weather balloon, but many others think it was a UFO." Also, this book is very reliable, listing ALL its sources of information. So get this book! 
Why are you still reading this review? Go to the top of the screen, and click the order button! Then, when it arrives, read it, then lose three days of sleep because this book WILL creep you out as well as entertain you for hours. 
Oh my gosh, you're still reading this review! What part of push the order button don't you udnerstand?




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