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The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy

The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy Author : Jim Marrs
Release : 2010-06-29
Publisher : Harper Collins
ISBN : 0061999466
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“Jim Marrs can’t be ignored. Few in this country shout about The Truth louder than he.” —Dallas Observer In The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy, Jim Marrs, the New York Times bestselling author of Rule by Secrecy and The Rise of The Fourth Reich, offers a terrifying proposition: that the current economic collapse has been engineered by a tyrannous government and multinational corporations determined to enslave us. Read The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy and find out how the New World Order, man-made diseases, and zombie banks are destroying America.

Conspiracy Films

Conspiracy Films Author : Barna William Donovan
Release : 2014-01-10
Publisher : McFarland
ISBN : 0786486155
File Size : 75.15 MB
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For many years, conspiracy theories have been among the most popular story elements in Hollywood films. According to the “conspiracy culture,” Government, Big Business, the Church, even aliens—all of which, bundled together, comprise the ubiquitous “Them”—are concealing some of the biggest secrets in American and world history. From The Manchurian Candidate (1962) to JFK (1991), The Matrix (1999) to The Da Vinci Code (2006), this decade-by-decade history explores our fascination with paranoia. The work paints a vivid picture of several of the more prevalent conspiracy theories and the entertainment they have inspired, not only in theatrical films but also in such television series as The X-Files, Lost and V.

Population Control

Population Control Author : Jim Marrs
Release : 2015-06-23
Publisher : HarperCollins
ISBN : 0062359916
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From the food we eat, the water we drink to the air we breathe, everything these days seems capable of killing us. Recently we have seen an unprecedented number of deaths due to medications for diseases that may not even exist, obscure cancers caused by our modern devices, and brutal police tactics. All a coincidence? Think again. In Population Control, acclaimed journalist Jim Marrs lays out a stunning case for his most audacious conspiracy yet: the scheme concocted by a handful of global elites to reduce the world’s population to 500 million by whatever means necessary and make a profit from it. Marrs, the bestselling author of Rule by Secrecy and The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy, pulls no punches in exposing this evil and chillingly effective plan. He explains how a small group of tremendously wealthy and powerful people control virtually every important industry – guns, oil, pharmaceuticals, food, and of course the media – and how it uses this vast network of conglomerates to take actions that lead to the deaths of men and women all over the world. In the explosive Population Control, Marrs lays bare the damning truths corporate owners don’t want you to discover: how they’ve spied on private citizens, intentionally spread disease, and destroyed the planet chasing profits, all to improve the lives of a privileged few while eliminating everyone else. Finally, he offers a citizen’s blueprint for fighting back.

American Conspiracies and Cover-ups

American Conspiracies and Cover-ups Author : Douglas Cirignano
Release : 2019-04-02
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN : 1510742980
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Interviews with bestselling authors and conspiracy experts Jim Marrs, Noam Chomsky, G. Edward Griffin, and Others​ “Those intrepid souls seeking to peer deeper into America's greatest conspiracies should start with Douglas Cirignano's voluminous book American Conspiracies And Cover-ups. From the foreknowledge of the attacks of Pearl Harbor and September, 11, 2001 to the truth behind the assassinations of John F; Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., no conspiracy is left behind. Pick your favorite conspiracy---is the Federal Reserve System unconstitutional? Was the IRS created to bail out Big banks? Are cancer cures and cheap alternative energy being suppressed? Are elections made fraudulent by hacked voting machines?---Cirignano has them all. Incisive interviews with knowledgeable experts. Don't miss this tour de force.”—Jim Marrs, journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Rule by Secrecy; The Rise of the Fourth Reich; The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy; and Population Control: How Corporate Owners Are Killing Us. American Conspiracies and Cover-ups brings together interviews with the bestselling and brightest minds in the alternative history world to create the definitive guide to our country’s biggest secrets. Interviews include: Jim Marrs on the New World Order Noam Chomsky on mainstream media The JFK assassination with LBJ’s lawyer Veteran and author Robert B. Stinnet on Pearl Harbor G. Edward Griffin on the Federal Reserve Bank Dr. William F. Pepper on MLK's assassination Professor David Ray Griffin on 9/11 and more! Author Douglas Cirignano brings together the foremost experts in the field to answer these questions once and for all, and proves that mainstream histories don’t tell the real story.

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories Author : Richard Greene
Release : 2020-01-07
Publisher : Open Court Publishing
ISBN : 081269483X
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Conspiracy theories have become a major element in modern opinion formation. From the theory that the killing of President Kennedy was masterminded by a powerful conspiracy to the theory that 9/11 was an inside job, from the story that Barack Obama wasn’t born in America to the story that Donald Trump was a Russian asset, conspiracy theories have become a major element in opinion formation and an ever-present influence, sometimes open, sometimes hidden, on the daily headline news. In Conspiracy Theories, philosophers of diverse backgrounds and persuasions focus their lenses on the phenomenon of the conspiracy theory, its psychological causes, its typical shape, and its political consequences. Among the questions addressed: ● What’s the formula for designing a contagious conspiracy theory? ● Where does conspiracy theorizing end and investigative reporting begin? ● What can we learn about conspiracy theories from the three movie treatments of the Kennedy assassination (The Parallax View, JFK, and Interview with the Assassin)? ● Does political powerlessness generate conspiracy theories? ● Is conspiracy theorizing essentially an instinct that lies behind all belief in religion and all striving for a meaningful life? ● Can we find conspiracy theories in all political movements for centuries past? ● What are the most common types of fallacious reasoning that tend to support conspiracy theories? ● Is there a psychological disorder at the root of conspiracy theories? ● Why is the number of flat-earthers growing?

Understanding the Oneness of God and the Conspiracy Against Jesus Christ and the Christian Church

Understanding the Oneness of God and the Conspiracy Against Jesus Christ and the Christian Church Author : Will Daniels
Release : 2014-04-10
Publisher : WestBow Press
ISBN : 1490830375
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(A Companion Book to Understanding the Trinity: Three Persons vs. Three Manifestations) Throughout Church history, there has been confusion over the oneness of God and the Trinity. Who is Jesus Christ? Is he God, Man, or both God and Man? And who or what is the Holy Ghost? Understanding the Oneness of God and the Conspiracy against Jesus Christ and the Christian Church seeks to relieve your confusion and help you understand. Natural and spiritual conspiracy theories Gods name in Hebrew, Greek, and English Church history and theological discussions A new revolutionary oneness in Christian Theology Major religions and the oneness of God Who is Jesus Christ, really? The oneness of God (Deuteronomy 6:4) The Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) Modalism vs. oneness theology Who is the one Lord God Almighty? The dual nature of God (Spirit and Flesh) The relationship between the Sabbath and Sunday Antichrist statements made by Christians Gods highest and most glorious name The apostles doctrine How to be born again through water and Spirit The Great Commission How Jesus Name was used in the born-again experience How the keys of the kingdom of heaven were used. How to be born again, and how the keys of the kingdom of heaven were used to build the church upon the Rock of Jesus Christ Will Daniels books are required reading for my students. If you are seeking truth, read this book. Dr. Lillie V. Brandon, pastor and founder of Gods Miracle House of Prayer Church

Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History [2 volumes]

Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History [2 volumes] Author : Christopher R. Fee
Release : 2019-05-31
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
ISBN : 144085811X
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This up-to-date introduction to the complex world of conspiracies and conspiracy theories provides insight into why millions of people are so ready to believe the worst about our political, legal, religious, and financial institutions. • Provides an in-depth, easy-to-access account of conspirators and secret organizations behind key plots to control American legal, political, and financial systems • Presents the history of key American conspiracy theories, taking a longer view of how current conspiracy thinking developed over generations • Explains the similarities and differences among conspiracy theories held by people on the far right and far left of the political spectrum • Explores the cultural significance of widespread, popular reactions to advances in science, technology, and medicine, as well as the public's skepticism about highly trained professionals and their expert knowledge • Offers an up-to-date survey of popular conspiracy theories regarding celebrity deaths and the popular distrust of the American media and police investigations • Details the importance of the internet and social media in organizing conspiratorial movements and spreading conspiracy theories

The Conspiracy That Will Not Die

The Conspiracy That Will Not Die Author : Sr. Robert Gates
Release : 2011-01-01
Publisher : ELDERBERRY PRESS, INC.
ISBN : 1934956406
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From each according to his ability To each according to his needs Is this what we want America to be? A cabal of financial interests are rapidly driving America toward totalitarianism and Communism. If we are to stop them, their conspiracy must be exposed. Currently the National Debt is over $14 trillion dollars, and it grows at over $1.5 trillion a year. The Rothschild Financial Empire is driving this country into a one-world government. The financial organizations in the U.S. that are controlled by the Rothschild Cabal consists of the Rockefeller Trust, The Ford Trust, and others. These U.S. financial Institutions supply the funds for organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations. From this organization, other organizations have been established, such as The Trilateral Commission. Other organizations are also financed by the U.S. branches of the Rothschild Cabal such as NAACP, ACLU, The Black Panthers, etc. The main purpose of these organizations are to destroy the Constitution as written by our forefathers. The Cabal is using both the Democratic Party and Republican Party as vehicles to advance their one-world agenda. This book was written to expose this conspiracy to one and all. Robert Gates, Sr. is retired military; holds a B.S. and M.B.A. degrees with a minor in Macro-economics.

Our Occulted History

Our Occulted History Author : Jim Marrs
Release : 2013-02-12
Publisher : Harper Collins
ISBN : 0062130331
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Bestselling author Jim Marrs steps once again to the cutting-edge of research into conspiracies and hidden truths. In Our Occulted History, Marrs goes beyond the revelations of his classic Alien Agenda and illustrates how human civilization may have originated with non-humans who visited earth eons ago...and may still be here today Our Occulted History: Do the Global Elite Conceal Ancient Aliens? is an extensive survey that includes a mass of well-documented scientific and historical texts and sources. It will change the way you view the origins of mankind and the current state of society. No subject is too controversial for Marrs, an award-winning journalist whose other investigative works include Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, the basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK; Rule by Secrecy; and The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy.

Alien Agenda

Alien Agenda Author : Jim Marrs
Release : 1998-07-08
Publisher : Harper Collins
ISBN : 0061096865
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The author of Crossfire offers a study of evidence of extraterrestrial life, providing explanations of UFOs, evidence of government cover-ups, and proof that Earth has been visited by alien life forms. Reprint.

Land of Oppression Instead of Land of Opportunity

Land of Oppression Instead of Land of Opportunity Author : Gaines Bradford Jackson
Release : 2012-05-08
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
ISBN : 1469173158
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Land of Oppression Instead of Land of Opportunity, was written to enlighten the American public about the responsibility of government; how Franklin D. Roosevelt had proposed the Second Bill of Rights yet they never were implemented; how our own government is now being controlled by the very wealthy and tuning our democracy into a powerful money-controlled Oligarchy; how the American Constitution is continually being desecrated when it is supposed to be defended since it is the enshrined supreme law of the land, and finally, forty suggestions addressing what has taken place and addressing what needs to be changed to bring the government back to the respectful organization portrayed by the Constitution and the re-installment of stolen civil liberties (which were once guaranteed by the Bill of Rightsfirst ten amendments of the Constitution).

The Rise of the Fourth Reich

The Rise of the Fourth Reich Author : Jim Marrs
Release : 2009-10-13
Publisher : Harper Collins
ISBN : 0061840017
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Throw out everything you think you know about history. Close the approved textbooks, turn off the corporate mass media, and whatever you do, don't believe anything you hear from the government—The Rise of the Fourth Reich reveals the truth about American power. In this explosive new book, the legendary Jim Marrs, author of the underground bestseller Rule by Secrecy, reveals the frighteningly real possibility that today the United States is becoming the Fourth Reich, the continuation of an ideology thought to have been vanquished more than a half century ago. This concept may seem absurd to those who cannot see past the rose-colored spin, hype, and disinformation poured out daily by the media conglomerates—most of which are owned by the very same families and corporations who supported the Nazis before World War II. But as Marrs precisely explains, National Socialism never died, but rather its hideous philosophy is alive and active in modern America. Unfortunately, most people cannot understand the shadowy links between fascism and corporate power, the military, and our elected leaders. While the United States helped defeat the Germans in World War II, we failed to defeat the Nazis. At the end of the war, ranking Nazis, along with their young and fanatical protégés, used the loot of Europe to create corporate front companies in many countries, including the United States of America. Utilizing their stolen wealth, men with Nazi backgrounds and mentalities wormed their way into corporate America, slowly buying up and consolidating companies into giant multinational conglomerates. Many thousands of other Nazis came to the United States under classified programs such as Project Paperclip. They brought with them miraculous weapon technology that helped win the space race but they also brought their insidious Nazi philosophy within our borders. This ideology based on the authoritarian premise that the end justifies the means—including unprovoked wars of aggression and curtailment of individual liberties—has gained an iron hold in the "land of the free and the home of the brave." For the first time Jim Marrs has gathered compelling evidence that an effort has been underway for the past sixty years to bring a form of National Socialism to modern America, creating in essence a modern empire—or "Fourth Reich"!

The Trillion Dollar Lie

The Trillion Dollar Lie Author : Gyeorgos Ceres Hatonn
Release : 1991
Publisher : Phoenix Source Distributors, Inc.
ISBN : 9780922356560
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A Trillion Dollar Man

A Trillion Dollar Man Author : Angus Kennedy
Release : 2015-03-31
Publisher :
ISBN : 9780990307105
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YOUR BEST FRIEND IS DEAD ON HIS LIVING ROOM FLOOR Suddenly you're jerked into a scene right out of a tense action fiction book. You'd planned a transpacific travel adventure with him and other close friends on your huge sailboat. You're jerked right into a nightmare like an FBI thriller, a CIA black ops and a detective crime book rolled into one. YOU ARE A FORCE RECON MARINE, RETIRED You are a lethal engine designed not just for combat, but intense mental reconnaissance while fighting. With huge thrust a brand new action adventure series comes on like a nuclear reaction. Don't kill anyone's best friend and for sure, not a Force Reconnaissance Marine's. YOUR BEST FRIEND'S STATELY HOME LOOKS LIKE A WARZONE Your heavy duty, Marine Corps, battle damage assessment, remote sensors location and your initial terminal guidance training all kick in at once. A disgusting detective crime scene right out of an ordinary suspense mystery book is in your face. But it's more like an action fiction book; it's instantly obvious that something more sinister than ordinary mystery crime stories is going on, something big and weird right out of a thriller series. The destruction of your best friend's home is like one sees in war novels, like American Sniper, like the weapons in Spec+ial Forces fiction generate. Some big, sinister group is on your back like the government conspiracy against Jason in the Bourne Identity, like heavy government surveillance novels, like CIA fiction, like all of it: FBI thriller, CIA black ops, and a detective crime book. Not a pretty scene. YOU KNOW IMMEDIATELY THAT YOU WILL FIND THE UNFRIENDLIES Because of your training for deadly force encounters you put all your resources to work without a second thought. "The United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance detachments, or FORECON, operate in deep reconnaissance, direct action, and the control of supporting arms; to convey military intelligence beyond the means of a commander's area of influence in the battlefield . . . ." Wikipedia YOU ARE A VERY HEALTHY VET LIKE CHRIS KYLE, THE AMERICAN SNIPER When you retired from the Marines, you never stopped long enough for Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome to rule your life. On returning to civilian life you saw clearly, from combat shocking you into an eyes-wide-open view of life, that the Uber-Rich own everything. That you needed money to have a wife and kids. So, you put your heavy duty black op training straight to work in the money markets. WHAT IF ALL THAT FORCE RECON KILLING HAD GIVEN YOU CLARITY They operate at such great distances that they are beyond the boundaries, or fan, of any artillery and/or naval gunfire support (NGFS); unlike their Division Recon brethren, whose operations are primarily within the artillery and gunfire support fan. Silence and stealth are vital . . . ." Wikipedia WHAT IF YOU WERE THE FIRST PERSON TO HAVE BROKEN THE TRILLION DOLLAR BARRIER You've seen clearly that billionaires are as tedious as any other financial group. Bored with making money, you retired to your Texas ranch, you re-channeled your energy into raising outstanding Quarter Horses. You're ready to sail half way around the world, and all the sudden a brand new, 21st Century Thriller Series is launched. The first novel, A Trillion Dollar Man explodes off the page to launch the Trillion Dollar Man Series. Like American Sniper, a U.S. Government trained killer comes home and starts doing good for the world rather than collapsing in post-traumatic stress. A new type of hero goes after the killers who are poaching large mammals globally. Not only harvesting parts off the proud elephants and rhinos in Africa, but also slaughtering and harvesting parts off Smokey the Bear right here in U.S. National Parks. But they make a big mistake when they leave the Trillion Dollar Man's best friend sprawled on his living room floor with a huge hole through his breast, a blast from a weird .12 gauge sh

Colonial Conspiracies in Africa

Colonial Conspiracies in Africa Author : Maduka E. Agbodike Ph.D.
Release : 2009-04-08
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
ISBN : 1465323481
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This masterpiece is perhaps the most controversial treatise ever written by an African author or published. I have been reading various books but this is the first time I read one, which analytically used religious books, sciences, historic facts, various mysteries and nature to present, in simple manner most of the wonders of this weird world we live in Blasphemous heresies cum different human efforts cryptically inculcated into religious beliefs, which are unknowingly propagated and practised in almost every part of the world, were skilfully unmasked. Fraudulent honest beliefs cannily brewed at various philosophic caves of the developed world, geared towards minds slavery, then spewed into ethno-politics of the day and religious bodies, which enabled them hold the world at their mercies, were plainly unveiled. Colonial Conspiracies in Africa, like merciless and unapologetic hot knife while slicing through every butter or cheese created or produced by the world ruling class fibs potions, never respected or feared; just the way, she acting as the only Divine detergent, bleached every dye stain or taint on religious cum political maladies of our day! I am afraid, all the deep secrets in human hearts, which this book opened up and made very easy as well as palatable to swallow, no one truly sincere enough, can contest! This is that philological Murdered Truth about Gihons (Africans) in particular and other oppressed nations, which you must know. This shall set our one-sided historic records straight and stop further deceptive or exploitative symbiotic co-existance amongst human race! Africa is not the dreg of Human wastes, rather the only true Father of entire Human Race! This is Divinely inspired Power packed Epistle to the world at large. Study with reverence! This treatise shall be read and remembered forever! She is a revolutionary masterpiece!

The Abel Conspiracy

The Abel Conspiracy Author : Gary D. Henry
Release : 2011-11
Publisher : AuthorHouse
ISBN : 1467070068
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Franklin Abel was simply the most intelligent human ever born. He invented machines that were not supposed to be invented for another five-hundred years. The trillion dollar ideas garnered attention from a greedy secret organization that was hell-bent on getting the journal that Franklin had hidden away. The organization set out to destroy Franklin's world by systematically breaking down his will. His entire lifetime would be made up of deception and death would come to anyone who tries to interfere with the organizations greedy pursuits.

Rule By Secrecy

Rule By Secrecy Author : Jim Marrs
Release : 2000-04-26
Publisher : Harper
ISBN : 9780060193683
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Set aside your preconceptions of the world, of what you've read in your history textbooks, and what you see and hear from the mainstream media. Jim Marrs, award-winning journalist and author of Alien Agenda and the New York Times bestseller Crossfire, is about to change your perspective, as he unmasks the hidden masters of history and religion. In Rule by Secrecy Marrs painstakingly examines the world's most closely guarded secrets, tracing the history of secret societies and the power they have wielded, from the ancient mysteries to modern-day conspiracy theories. Searching for truth, he uncovers disturbing evidence that the real movers and shakers of the world collude to start and stop wars, manipulate stock markets and interest rates, maintain class distinctions, and even censor the six o'clock news. And they do this under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the CIA, and even the Vatican. According to Marrs, the power of these groups extends as far back as humankind's prehistory. Drawing on historical evidence and his own impeccable research, IMarrs clearly traces the mysteries that connect these modern-day secret societies to the Freemasons, the Illuminati, the Knights Templar, and Egypt's Great Pyramids. The result is a masterful synthesis of historical information, much of it long hidden from the public, that sheds light on the people and organizations that rule our lives. Disturbing, thought-provoking, and utterly compelling, Rule by Secrecy offers a provocative worldview that may explain who are we, where we came from, and where are we going.

The 99

The 99 Author : Dimitri Harakidas
Release : 2014-03-16
Publisher : Dimitri Harakidas
ISBN : 0992466806
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The 99 will challenge you to think about the state of our world ­– socially, economically and environmentally and in fact will challenge you to rethink about so many aspects that you currently perceive as normal. In fact, it demonstrates that these three key factors are intimately connected. But much more than that. The 99 encourages readers to envision a better world and, through their own actions, help to bring about much-needed change. - Sharon Moore (editor of 99) The book presents one man’s philosophy on life, while at the same time exposing and analysing the dysfunction that has developed at many levels in modern western society. At its heart is a key understanding: that the way we live is based on a misguided belief that the earth has infinite resources there for our taking. Central to the book’s message is its analysis of our economic-growth-at-any-cost way of life and the dominance of mega-corporations, to the detriment of our health and well-being and that of the very earth, air and water we depend on. The insights the author gained while growing up in Greece enable him to clearly see the contrasts between that simpler way of life, not all that long ago, and the unnecessary complexity of today’s modern lifestyle, especially in cities, where most of us live. By touring through many aspects of our society, culture and governance the book encourages readers to think about the connections between our actions and decisions, their consequences, and the wider economic and governmental context in which our lives are embedded. After fourteen chapters of analysis and passionate argument, the penultimate chapter presents 99 choices, or perhaps challenges. In three sections – visionary, personal level solutions, and systemic rule-based changes – the 99 points aim to embolden people to take control of their lives, to be part of the change that must happen, for the future of our species and our planet.

Corporate Conspiracies

Corporate Conspiracies Author : Richard Belzer
Release : 2017-05-09
Publisher : Skyhorse
ISBN : 1510711279
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From New York Times bestselling authors Richard Belzer and David Wayne comes a hard look at the wrongs done to us all by big business in America. Here is an explosive account of wrongful acts perpetrated, and the ensuing cover-ups inflicted upon us, by American corporations. The bestselling author team of Richard Belzer and David Wayne exposes the ways that the capitalist regime has got us under their thumbs—from the mainstream media and its control over us, to the trillions stolen by big banks and mortgage companies during the mortgage crisis, to the scams perpetrated by Big Oil and Big Pharma. The one common victim of all that corruption is the American public, and Corporate Conspiracies wants to do something about it. Corporate Conspiracies takes dead aim at those who take advantage of us little guys. Probably most disturbing is the book's examination of politics and capitalism teaming up against us—how politicians and lobbyists all have their hands in each other's pockets while stabbing us in the back, and how the well-established energy lobby—which is petroleum, natural gas, and coal—has played a dominant role in the shaping of US foreign policy for decades. Did you know that companies at times know that their products will kill people, but they do nothing, because it is actually cheaper to compensate the victims than it is to correct the problem? And did you know that the Pentagon is sending $1.5 trillion of our tax dollars to their corporate buddies for a new fighter jet that is already superfluous? This book is guaranteed to make us all think twice about being enslaved and cheated by corporate America. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Open Secret

Open Secret Author : Erin Arvedlund
Release : 2014-09-25
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN : 1101635762
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“Gaming the LIBOR—that is, fixing the price of money—had become just that: a game. Playing it was the price of admission to a club of men who socialized together, skied in Europe courtesy of brokers and expense accounts, and reaped million-dollar bonuses.” In the midst of the financial crisis of 2008, rumors swirled that a sinister scandal was brewing deep in the heart of London. Some suspected that behind closed doors, a group of chummy young bankers had been cheating the system through interest rate machinations. But with most eyes focused on the crisis rippling through Wall Street and the rest of the world, the story remained an “open secret” among competitors. Soon enough, the scandal became public and dozens of bankers and their bosses were caught red-handed. Several major banks and hedge funds were manipulating and misreporting their daily submission of the London Interbank Offered Rate, better known as the LIBOR. As the main interest rate that pulses through the banking community, the LIBOR was supposed to represent the average rate banks charge each other for loans, effectively setting short-term interest rates around the world for trillions of dollars in financial contracts. But the LIBOR wasn’t an average; it was a combination of guesswork and outright lies told by scheming bankers who didn’t want to signal to the rest of the market that they were in trouble. The manipulation of the “world’s most important number” was even greater than many realized. The bankers kept things looking good for themselves and their pals while the financial crisis raged on. Now Erin Arvedlund, the bestselling author of Too Good to Be True, reveals how this global network created and perpetuated a multiyear scam against the financial system. She uncovers how the corrupt practice of altering the key interest rate occurred through an unregulated and informal honor system, in which young masters of the universe played fast and loose, while their more seasoned bosses looked the other way (and would later escape much of the blame). It was a classic private understanding among a small group of competitors—you scratch my back today, I’ll scratch yours tomorrow. Arvedlund takes us behind the scenes of elite firms like Barclays Capital, UBS, Rabobank, and Citigroup, and shows how they hurt ordinary investors—from students taking out loans to homeowners paying mortgages to cities like Philadelphia and Oakland. The cost to the victims: as much as $1 trillion. She also examines the laxity of prominent regulators and central bankers, and exposes the role of key figures such as: Tom Hayes: A senior trader for the Swiss financial giant UBS who worked with traders across eight other banks to influence the yen LIBOR. Bob Diamond: The shrewd multimillionaire American CEO of Barclays Capital, the British bank whose traders have been implicated in the manipulation of the LIBOR. Mervyn King: The governor of the Bank of England, who ignored U.S. Treasury secretary Tim Geithner’s repeated recommendations to establish stricter regulations over the interest rate. Arvedlund pulls back the curtain on one of the great financial scandals of our time, uncovering how millions of ordinary investors around the globe were swindled by the corruption and greed of a few men.