Summary Of David Aaronovitch's Voodoo Histories

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David Aaronovitch’s Voodoo Histories chronicles nine conspiracy theories made within the past century. The first theory Aaronovitch covers is the circulation of The Protocols, a book which had plans towards destroying all existing powers and creating one worldwide Jewish empire. This book became proof for people to take the success of the Jews and blame them for everything going wrong in the world. Aaronovitch shows that The Protocols were copied from a book about a fake Jewish meeting, proving that the Jews were not causing the world’s problems. The second theory Aaronovitch analyzes is the takedown of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Allegedly, seventeen members of the Communist Party and supporters of Leon Trotsky were plotting to weaken and destroy the Soviet Union, which …show more content…
Aaronovitch states this theory came from isolationists of the 1930s and 1940s that were upset America was in the War, and took revenge on F.D.R. by blaming him for the attack and for being soft on communism. The fourth theory/theories analyzed were the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Diana. People rumored that their deaths were caused by the groups like the mafia, cults, or the government. Aaronovitch says that people created these theories to separate themselves from their beloved celebrities’ deaths, rather than accepting their true causes of death.
The fifth case reviewed is the 1984 murder of Hilda Murrell, an elderly woman known for being an objector of the use of nuclear fission. There were theories stating that the government killed her because of her protests against nuclear use, or because her nephew was in the British military, putting her at access to military secrets. However, science proved that she was killed by a teenage burglar looking for