Monday, January 1, 2018

Government Conspiracy Fiction Books That Changed The World

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By Ann Lee

The Thirty-Nine Steps is one of the first books to explore the genre of the paranoid thriller. It was written by John Buchan and came out in 1915, and is the first of his government conspiracy fiction books that features the character of Richard Hannay, who appears in Buchan's other works. This ambiguously titled novel follows Hannay's unlikely adventures, full of action and heroics.

While there is a wealth of great novels about conspiracies that have to do with entire countries falling prey to an evil plot, sometimes it is more interesting and easier to understand when the plot takes place on a small scale. Dashiell Hammett's short story "Nightmare Town" takes this approach. The story is about the deadly mystery of a small town conspiring to commit insurance fraud.

In 1943, Graham Greene wrote a novel called Ministry of Fear that would change the way people thought of the conspiracy thriller genre. In this book, Greene tells a story about how the Nazi used their influence to gain information that could be used to blackmail individuals. The meaning behind the title of this book becomes clear in the reading.

The Manchurian Candidate is a novel that has been adapted to film twice, but many fans would say that neither of these adaptations can compare to the original book. Richard Condon's groundbreaking novel was published in 1959 when many people in the United States were concerned about communism. His book involves a brainwashing plot to make an unsuspecting man into an assassin.

One of the tragic events that happened in US history with unsolved mysteries surrounding it that have made conspirators come up with their own theories is the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Winter Kills was one of the first novels to explore this mystery. Richard Condon wrote this book in 1974, and it is very dark in nature considering the material it covers.

The Illuminatus! Trilogy came into existence thanks to the work of Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. These two men got together to write three books that were published over the course of several years in the late 60s and early 70s, and combines genres that were new and controversial at the time like psychedelia. This collection is one of the most widely read in the genre.

Thomas Pynchon's novella called The Crying Lot 49 may be a relatively quick read, but it is a literary journey worth taking. Published in 1966, it is full of cultural references out of that colorful time that Pynchon is very prone to making. The plot in this story has to do with two postal services that were pitted against each other due to a conflict dating all the way back to the Middle Ages.

Not everyone enjoyed Thomas Pynchon's controversial and revolutionary book called Gravity's Rainbow when it first came out, and the same is true today. However, many people love it because it goes to places most writers didn't dare to go then and still don't today. All at the same time, through many complex characters and situations, it covers many difficult topics.

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