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Would have been more enjoyable if.....
on December 11, 2003
Would have been more enjoyable if Marrs stuck to current era conspiracy theories and left the "God was an Astronaut" ramblings out of this book. Then again, he did write Alien Agenda, didn't he? This book is chronogically ordered. We have Mr Marrs starting off with the US Presidential Elections of 2000 (so the book is pre-9/11) and going back in time. He stops at significant events along the way and gives commentaries on these events (e.g the Clinton Presidency and his theory that the Bilderbergers put him into office - is there a need to vote any more?).
About 75% of the book concerns Marrs' tireless attempts - sometimes with conviction - to connect almost every major institution in the world from the Catholic Church to the Fed, to the IFR to the UN. Of course, as with perhaps every conspiracy theory book I have ever read, Marrs also does some obligatory finger-pointing at the Freemasons, the Illiminati, and their respective associate organisations.
Marrs does not seems to like bankers or financiers either. The entire cast of the Rothschilds, investment banks like JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, etc are all painted with the same brush - they're all part of the global consipracy...to bring back the British Empire!!! ROTFL!!!
If he has stopped there, I would have said Rule by Secrecy was a pretty good book. But Mr Marrs went on to talk about aliens visiting earth during the Mesopotamian period. And we're not talking about the aliens running across the border to look for jobs here! But given that he also wrote Alien Agenda (which I can't say I've had the time to read yet)....perhaps I am being too harsh on him.
My conclusion: I read the book whole holidaying somewhere in the South Pacific. As a holiday book, I would say it was a pretty fair read. Otherwise maybe you prefer comics instead?