Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories

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Melville House Publishing
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336
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
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Hardcover
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9781685890643

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About the Author
Mike Rothschild is a journalist and conspiracy theory expert whose work has examined scams, frauds, moral panic, conspiracy theories, and how their impact has gone from the online world into everyday life. He has written two previous books, including The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything, which examines the roots and the impact of the QAnon movement. Rothschild has been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times among many others to discuss conspiracy theories; has testified to Congress on the threat of election disinformation; and appeared in numerous documentaries and podcasts.
Reviews
"This book, dealing as it does with present-day political actors and conspiracies, is very much of its time. But it is also quite timeless in how it elegantly untangles fact from fiction. I can imagine encouraging people interested in the function and history of antisemitic conspiracy theories to read it for years to come." - The Washington Post

"a densely woven web of rumor and subterfuge, infectious racism and stubborn ignorance, that extends from medieval Europe to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's ludicrous claim that the 2018 California wildfires were ignited by a space laser controlled in part by the Rothschilds." - Rolling Stone

". . .much of what Rothschild recounts was new to me, supplying a remedy for an ignorance both happy and untenable: happy because it came from a lack of exposure to explicit antisemitism; untenable because antisemitism is persistent and pernicious, and because it is difficult to push back against evil if you fail to recognize it when you see it." - Christianity Today

"A patient and painstaking invalidation of antisemitism that also highlights its perniciousness." --Publishers Weekly

"An interesting examination of how conspiracy theories appear, spread, and metastasize--not unlike tumors. With solid research and engaging humor, this book takes apart the conspiracy theories surrounding the Rothschild family. --Kirkus Reviews

"Mike Rothschild's Jewish Space Lasers is a cutting exposé of centuries'-worth of antisemitic scapegoating, often done with one influential family at its center. . . . Dissecting centuries-old antisemitic canards that maintain their hold on the popular imagination--with staggering political implications--a thorough and sobering text." --Foreword Reviews

"Jewish Space Lasers is a surprisingly intense history of antisemitism surrounding the disgraceful and debunked Christian conspiracy theories that the Jewish elite led by the Rothschild family, Holocaust survivor George Soros, and all Jews by extension are the invisible hand controlling the global market. Jewish Space Lasers offers a cracking hard look at the dangerous and deadly explosion of antisemitism in America today."
--MALCOLM NANCE, New York Times bestselling author of They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency

"Mike Rothschild has done it again. First with QAnon, and now with the legendary Rothschild family, he investigates and dismantles one of the most dangerous and vile conspiracy theories of all time. The story he tells is about more than just a baseless lie that won't die; it's a larger tale about how those lies shape our culture and our politics for generations. Rothschild is an ideal guide through the dark byways of paranoia and antisemitism--unflinching, exhaustive, witty, and, above all, committed to the truth."
--ANDY KROLL, ProPublica investigative reporter, author of A Death on W Street: The Murder of Seth Rich and the Age of Conspiracy

"Like Mike Rothschild's incredible deconstruction of QAnon in The Storm Is Upon Us, Jewish Space Lasers takes a thoroughly engrossing deep dive into the absurd conspiracy theories surrounding Judaism's 'royal family.' It unpacks that age-old stereotype 'the Jews control everything' and brilliantly examines the mysterious dynasty credited for being at the center of it all. It's a globe-trotting breakdown of antisemitism throughout history to the very chilling moment we are in now. Absorbing, entertaining, and exhaustively researched--a must-read."
--TERRY MATALAS, Executive Producer, Star Trek: Picard, 12 Monkeys


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"I hope everyone reads this book. It has become such a crucial thing for all of us to understand." --Erin Burnett, CNN

"[T]imely and chilling ... Rothschild is brilliant at outlining the process by which people who were not previously drawn to political extremism come to see themselves as 'patriotic researchers', able to see patterns in the information that is fed to them." --Financial Times