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Land of Delusion: Out on the edge with the crackpots and conspiracy-mongers remaking our shared reality
Land of Delusion: Out on the edge with the crackpots and conspiracy-mongers remaking our shared reality
Land of Delusion: Out on the edge with the crackpots and conspiracy-mongers remaking our shared reality
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Land of Delusion: Out on the edge with the crackpots and conspiracy-mongers remaking our shared reality

Written by Colin Dickey

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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About this audiobook

Not so long ago, conspiracy theorists were relegated to the cultural fringes. They were the oddballs in the tinfoil hats, raging to one another about who really shot JFK and whether or not an astronaut walked on the moon. In recent years, however, as everything from stolen-election claims to vaccine disinformation to QAnon has made daily headlines, conspiracists have moved, if not front and center, then awfully close.

As the American right wing retreats further into its political bunker and war rages in Ukraine, two particularly bizarre theories are gaining traction in the United States and Russia. They seem laughably far-fetched, but behind the absurdity lurk radical ideas that are becoming alarmingly commonplace. These ludicrous beliefs offer a road map of where we might be headed and also highlight the lunacy that’s already here.

In Land of Delusion, cultural historian Colin Dickey, author of the acclaimed The Unidentified and Ghostland, introduces us to Tartaria, a great empire that sprang from Russia and spread across the globe, only to be destroyed by evil schemers who erased it from the history books. We also meet the New Chronologists, who claim that history began just eight hundred years ago and that the world was originally dominated by blond, blue-eyed Slavs. Crackpot theories to be sure, but they’re fueled by troubling beliefs that are all too real: that superior societies have been overrun by “others,” that we’ve been corrupted by fake news, and that power and lost glory must be restored. The far-reaching influence of Fox News, Alex Jones, lies generated by the Kremlin are enough to tell us that not only are these beliefs potent, they might soon become dominant.

By turns entertaining and grimly serious, Land of Delusion takes us inside the warped logic of conspiracy theorists and connects the dots between crazy ideas and real-time events. Weird is one thing—weird and dangerous demands our full attention.

Editor's Note

From fringe to mainstream…

In the recesses of Reddit and other online forums, ordinary people discuss extraordinary conspiracy theories that are increasingly becoming mainstream and affecting global politics. With both urgency and understanding, Dickey gets to the heart of what makes once-radical alternate histories appealing.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateNov 16, 2022
ISBN9781094455037
Author

Colin Dickey

Writer, speaker, and professor Colin Dickey has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories from all over the country. He’s the author of several books, including Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places and The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained. A regular contributor to The New Republic and Lapham’s Quarterly, he is also the co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California and is a professor of English at National University, in San Diego. His next book, Under the Eye of Power: How Fear of Secret Societies Shapes American Democracy, will be published in 2023 by Viking Press.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I chose to give this a listen solely based on the other reviews that were clearly left by Q-anon weirdos. The way the seemed personally attacked by this book was enough for me to hit play. This book was thought provoking and timely, given the prevalence of conspiracy beliefs seeping into our mainstream culture.

    12 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Good examples
    For anyone so they know to stay calm
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    This is a very interesting listen. The author, take you through a tail of conspiracy theory that you have likely never heard of?!? He opens by making a False claim about the Catholic Church, being only interest in history as it relates to the return of Jesus. This is funny, because the conspiracy theory he talks about rejects accepted history. Historians acknowledge that the majority of the historical documents we currently have, we in fact collected and preserved by the Catholic Church. His assertion ignores the quote of Jesus, (paraphrased) "Only the Father Knows" when the end of time will be.

    The purpose of his tell you about this virtually unknown conspiracy theory is to drawl parallels between it in the Republican Party. Of course he offers No Evidence to this claim, but simple asserts it as a fact. Coincidently that's just what conspiracy theorist do also!

    I do suggest you read it, though if you are a moderate or conservative at times, you might find it offensive. As an open minded; socially liberal yet fiscally responsible person, I did find it enlightening. I gained new insights, as to why the only party I have a registered as a member of, "the Democratic Party," has abandoned me. I never abandoned it.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Not just an entertaining foray into the mechanisms of conspiracy beliefs and cultures of propagation online that are shifting the balance of accepted political discourse, but a necessary read (listen) in a moment when fringe beliefs are entering the mainstream media and spilling over into real world actions and violence.

    8 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Fun read, and a great narration. Briefly ties together USA and Russian cultures which is an interesting idea, but it leaves a lot unsaid. Blames Russia’s thirst for imperial reclamation on its post-Soviet national funk, but doesn’t dwell much on the causes of it, which I feel would probably buoy the thesis better.

    5 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    This book screams Dunning-Kruger effect from beginning to the end. The author fails to display even a small bit of knowledge on the very topics he's so willing to heavily criticize. Can you at least explain who coined the term "Conspiracy Theorists" and why? The book is in no way objective. The one who said "Honest look..." must be a friend.

    6 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    It is good to have an objective view of the narrative of both sides, so I’ll listen to it intently. The irony is that this was “suggested” to me in counter distinction to what I typically listen to. Sounds like the thought police are alive and well. Hello, thought police, thanks for the recommendation!

    6 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    Far-left, 1984 type propaganda. Numerous "conspiracy theories" have come true over the past few years. If they don't come true then that's all they are, theories. The reason these exist is because conspiracies ACTUALLY do happen and are currently happening. Many are false. Maybe if the media and people in general focused on purely facts instead of trying to spin everything to the left or right, there would be much less of these. This book is pointless and pushes you to accept a narrative.

    4 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    An awful book that just pushes the government's line, it's not even worth reading for free.

    16 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    An honest look at our current political reality. The author identifies the risks we face when falsehood is acceptable and conspiracy theory causes otherwise sensible people to blindly follow lies and half truths

    11 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    Just mask up and ask for your booster shots ASAP

    12 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    The author is either delusional, cognitively dissonant or corrupt. There can be no other excuse for this indefensible act of treason against the people. We are in the middle of a hostile takeover by an elite who care nothing for human life. Private banks own and run our world generating wars and chaos for money and power, elections are corrupt, science is close minded, education teaches debt slavery, markets are fixed, history is full of holes, healthcare is a scandal with the average American receiving 57 vax shots in their lifetime…a number that correlates perfectly with the rise in major disease, religion is a zero tax business as are charitable foundations set up by corrupt elite bloodsuckers, the media is a government propaganda mouthpiece spouting the same story and script on every station, all of the worlds major corporations in every single sphere of influence are effectively owned by two hedge funds, and politicians somehow get incredibly wealthy on their middle manager salaries. There is literally nothing, nada, zero that is trustworthy within the system of governance created by the establishment…especially our history and our “science”. All of the previous “facts” are bring dispelled through new discoveries that are mind blowing…but only to those with a mind that is open.
    Scribd has been such a good app for so long and it’s such a shame that they would promote this kind of blatant garbage propaganda. You would almost think there is an agenda at play.

    10 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    The author contradicted herself so many times during the first seven minutes, I decided it wasn’t worth my time

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    "Conspiracy Theories are more a misnomer, more like Conspiracy Beliefs[.]" is what the author inconspicuously mentions; promptly ignores and disregards this as insignificant, but bases the whole underlying point of view depicted with the book with no basis for dispute , but rather a feeling of a essay taken from someone who couldn't get it published elsewhere; also being cherry picked for content due to the author's scant detail of anything he speaks of.

    1 person found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    This book and reading was brought to you by Pfizer!

    7 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    Scribd - don’t go woke. You’ll go broke. I did listen to this and it’s trash. Missing evidence, horrible bias and TDS. Sheesh.

    I guess anyone can write trash and get published?

    1 person found this helpful