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The Best Conspiracy Books  

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List of best books about conspiracies, including jacket cover images when available. All these popular books on conspiracy theories are sorted by popularity, so the highest rated books are at the top of the list. This well-researched conspiracy bibliography includes out-of-print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books - fiction or non-fiction - about conspiracies. If you're looking for a list of top books on conspiracies then you're in the right place.

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State of War: The Secret... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
James Risen, Steve Perry

First Published: 2006-01-03

Subjects: Conspiracy, 21st century, Current events, Government, Security, + more

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction

State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration is documentary review written by Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist for The New York Times James Risen. The book ...more
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No one left to lie to is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Christopher Hitchens

Subjects: Conspiracy, Ethics, Current events, Government, Current affairs, + more

No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton is a 1999 book about Bill Clinton by author and journalist Christopher Hitchens. It was first published in hardback by the ...more
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The Clerkenwell Tales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Peter Ackroyd

First Published: 2003

Subjects: Conspiracy, London, Heresy

Genres (Book): Fiction

The Clerkenwell Tales is a book by Peter Ackroyd.
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The Robert F. Kennedy as... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Philip H. Melanson

Subjects: Conspiracy, Espionage, Current events, Political terrorism, Politics, + more

Genres (Book): True crime

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Historians in trouble is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Jon Wiener

Subjects: Fraud, Conspiracy, Government, World, Politics, + more

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Whiteout is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Alexander Cockburn

Subjects: Criminology, Government, Substance-related disorder, United States of America, Media studies, + more

Genres (Book): Sociology

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Hustler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Joseph Sobran

Subjects: Government, United States of America, History of the United States, 20th century, Bill Clinton, + more

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The Condor years is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
John Dinges

Subjects: Conspiracy, Espionage, Chile, World, South America, + more

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Fault Line is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Barry Eisler

First Published: 2009

Subjects: High tech, Conspiracy, Murder

Genres (Book): Novel

Fault Line is a book by Barry Eisler.
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A Rumor about the Jews ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Stephen Bronner

Subjects: Conspiracy, Current events, Europe, Judaism, Politics, + more

Genres (Book): Children's literature

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A Conspiracy of Paper: A... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
David Liss

First Published: 2000-02-01

Subjects: Conspiracy, Greed

Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Historical novel

A Conspiracy of Paper is a historical-mystery novel by David Liss, set in London in the period leading up to the bursting of the South Sea Bubble in 1720.
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Singing into the Piano ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Ted Mooney

First Published: 1998

Subjects: Conspiracy

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel

Singing into the Piano is a book by Ted Mooney.
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The Ballad of Abu Ghraib... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Philip Gourevitch

First Published: 2008

Genres (Book): Non-fiction

The Ballad of Abu Ghraib is a nonfiction book by American writer Philip Gourevitch. The book originally appeared in hardback under the title Standard Operating Procedure.
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Conspiracy files is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
David Southwell

Subjects: Social science, Conspiracy, Criminology, Espionage, Popular culture

Genres (Book): True crime

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The Manchurian Candidate... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Richard Condon

First Published: 1959

Subjects: Cold War, Conspiracy, Brainwashing, Drama, Election, + more

Genres (Book): Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon, is a political thriller novel about the son of a prominent US political family who is brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for a Communist ...more
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This Is Not an Assault ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
David T. Hardy

Subjects: Conspiracy, Espionage, World, United States of America, 20th century, + more

Genres (Book): True crime

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Wag the Dog: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Larry Beinhart

First Published: 1993

Subjects: Conspiracy

Genres (Book): Satire, Fiction

American Hero is a 1993 satirical conspiracy theory novel, reissued as Wag the Dog: A Novel in 2004, written by Larry Beinhart. It speculated that Operation Desert Storm had been scripted and ...more
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Ong's Hat: The Beginning... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Joseph Matheny

First Published: 2002-09-01

Subjects: Conspiracy

Genres (Book): Conspiracy, Comic novel, Science Fiction

The delightful legend of the Ong's Hat travel cult has been posted in the form of the Incunabula Papers since the earliest days of BBS and Internet communications. The mythos is an historical ...more
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Grand Jury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Philip Friedman

First Published: 1996

Subjects: Conspiracy, Corruption

Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel

Grand Jury is a book by Philip Friedman.
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Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Daniel Pipes

Subjects: Conspiracy, Current events, World, Politics, International relations, + more

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The hunting of the Presi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Joe Conason

Subjects: Government, United States of America, History of the United States, Journalism, 20th century, + more

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Ghost Wars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Steve Coll

Subjects: International Security, United States of America, Asia, Conspiracy, Espionage, + more

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, written by Steve Coll, published in 2004 by Penguin Press, won the 2005 ...more
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Speaking Truth to Power ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Don Mullan

Subjects: Music, Conspiracy, Ireland, Espionage, Europe, + more

Genres (Book): Biography

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The Last Thing He Wanted... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Joan Didion

First Published: 1996

Subjects: Conspiracy

Genres (Book): Novel

The Last Thing He Wanted is a novel by Joan Didion. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1996. The story centers around Elena McMahon, a reporter for the Washington Post who quits her job ...more
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Programmed to Kill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conspiracy Books
Ion Mihai Pacepa

Subjects: Conspiracy, Current events, Europe, Politics, United States of America, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiography