Saturday 30 October, 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre 2
A very special Battle of Ideas Bookshop Barnie with David Aaronovitch discussing the updated paperback edition of his Voodoo Histories: how conspiracy theory has shaped modern history. Aaronovitch probes several major conspiracy theories of the last hundred years. In doing so, he looks at why people believe them, and makes an argument for a true scepticism.
The Times (his own paper) described this book as a ‘forensically intelligent and hugely enjoyable study’. The Independent said that, ‘as a champion of the most recent Iraq War, he too fell for a conspiracy, in relation to weapons of mass destruction’. It fell to the Guardian to criticise it for ‘an approach that owes more to scholarship than journalism’.
Come along and see whether Aaronovitch really exists, or is a figment of our fevered imaginations.
Listen to session audio:
columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship
associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives
Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere - from Pearl Harbour to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. Voodoo Histories entertainingly demolishes the absurd and sinister conspiracy theories of the last 100 years.
David Aaronovitch, Vintage, 6 May 2010