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We are living in a time of unprecedented distrust in America.... Faith in the government is at an all-time low, and political groups on both sides of the aisle are able to tout preposterous conspiracy theories as gospel, without much opposition. “Fake news” is the order of the day. This book is about a man to whom all of it points, the greatest conspiracist of this generation and a man you may not have heard of. 

A former US naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper published his manifesto Behold a Pale Horse in 1991. Since then it has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, becoming the number-one best seller in the American prison system. According to Behold a Pale Horse, JFK was assassinated - because he was about to reveal that extraterrestrials were about to take over the earth - by his driver, an alien himself; AIDS is a government conspiracy to decrease the population of Blacks, Hispanics, and homosexuals; and the Illuminati are secretly involved with the US government to manage relationships with extraterrestrials. Cooper died in a shootout with Apache County police in 2001, one month after September 11, in the year in which he had predicted catastrophe. 

In Pale Horse Rider, journalist Mark Jacobson not only tells the story of Cooper’s fascinating life but also provides the social and political context for American paranoia. Indeed, with the present NSA situation and countless other shadowy government dealings often in the news, aren’t we right to suspect that things may not be as they seem?

©2018 Mark Jacobson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Disingenuous story of Bill Cooper

Mark is blind and obviously biased and purposefully belittling the information and influence Bill Cooper on the truth community. Mark appears to be a NPC and disinformation agent. It is well written... but the content is crap.

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the real story of a real human being

Make sure you've indulged in behold a pale horse and have gone down the conspiracy rabbit hole first. If you're young or straight laced, let yourself believe in aliens, illuminati and all that (beware the anti-semetism at the bottom of the non cooper stuff) ... and then when it's time for you to get a better idea of how tragic, complicated, cynical and grounded in reality the world is ... get this lesson in your brain and ride the roller coaster from vietnam to another ill concieved and poorly executed shoot out between people who really should have stopped and thought through ... any of the steps on the path they took. I'd suggest you hit up last podcast on the left for waco, ruby ridge, oklahoma city and 911 for a better perspective on how those event seemed as they did to many, including cooper. Reality is a whale of a tale.

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13hrs of a book that is not worth the credit

I admit. I still have a few hours left of this book and i am not going to finish it.

The writer reaches broad to cover a lot of area about this guy to worm a version of events to create a picture he wants to paint. I agree with somethings said. However i find some of his statements intent on white washing and obfuscating others such as 9/11/01, pizza gate, Waco, JFK and so many other catalyzing events in history. The author takes liberty to paint events more dramatic than they were and others as minimally as possible. I did not know about bill cooper before hand. And now i am not sure what i was told was true or obfuscations. Anyways. I am not finishing the book. I don't think it conformational basis but rather smelling when i am being manipulated for a certain reason. My conclusion. Bill cooper was a bit wacky. However. Even conspiracy theorist maybe telling the truth like a broken clock twice a day. And the author might be a broken clock too.

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Great back story to William Cooper's Book

I use to sell Behold a Pale Horse in my shop in Atlanta Ga, this is a great book letting the reader know the Back Story and what happened to Bill before and after his death..... a real must read or listen . Thanks

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insight into bill cooper

having read coopers book, and seen videos of him, I was surprised at the other side of bill cooper , the little known personal side. very informative not just about cooper but also our government. of course Ray porter did a great job. this book is both for those who believe conspiracy theories and those that don't understand them

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...That narrator...

This is an interesting book for anyone who has even a passing interest in the Patriot movement of the 1990s which birthed the 'conspiracy' movement of today- Or the UFO craze of old... The book is decent enough and has quite a bit of information which I personally wasnt aware of.

That aside- The narrator.... This guy actually sounds like Bill Cooper- He must have spent an amazing amount of time getting everything correct about the way Cooper spoke- And its eerie. At times it sounds like you're actually listening to Cooper. The inflection in his voice, the way he forms his sentence structure or highlights certain syllables, the places he pauses at- Its almost a perfect 1:1 of Bill Cooper.

My wife and I listened to this in awe- She even commented that at times you would almost think you would forget that you were hearing the quotes by Cooper read by someone else- And not a recording of Cooper himself.

The narrator is downright amazing and made this entire story really work.

This is one of the few exceptions where the audiobook will be superior to the printed copy.

-Again, the story was well researched and written well enough... But that narrator...

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A touching tribute to a complicated man

Pale Horse Rider is about the rise and fall of the conspiracy theorist Bill Cooper, who was the first semi mainstream voice of that movement. I found the book to be spectacular, it is a bit longer than necessary. At times the book is disjointed, torn between relaying the ideas of Bill Cooper, on his shows and books, and telling the story of his tumultuous life. The author tells Bill Cooper’s story fairly, he isn’t a believer in everything the man said, but shows respect for him and that’s legit.

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interesting subject, disappointing result

I think the title of this book overstates its execution. While the subject is interesting, the book needs a great deal more analysis (rather than simply restating many of Cooper's claims and recounting some of Cooper's life).

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Great story!

I didn’t know much about Bill Cooper before reading this book. Unaware, I did have some of his books. I have started to read ‘Behold A Pale Horse’, sad that free speech isn’t always free. Thanks Bill, and peace and forgiveness be with you.

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interesting listen

Good book went well into the depths of Coopers life. Some opinions expressed made it feel a little like a hit piece but sometimes truth is a bit galling. Overall a good listen and well performed.

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  • 05-21-19

Good insight to the man

Interesting reading entertaining just no way of ever knowing what's what... A lot of real life events covered and a different point of view posited.