Brentwood - Tuesday September 19th at 6:30 pm -- Mike Rothschild with Anna Merlan discusses and signs "Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories".

photo of Mike Rothschild and Anna MerlanJoin us on Tuesday September 19th at 6:30 pm as we welcome Mike Rothschild to the store to discuss and sign Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories. Joining him in conversation will be Anna Merlan.
This event is free to attend and will be held in the courtyard at DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood.
Free seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please purchase one copy of a book for one seat. 
In 2018 Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took to social media to share her suspicions that the California wildfires were started by ‘space solar generators’ which were funded by wealthy, influential backers. Instantly, thousands of people rallied around her, blaming the fires on “Jewish space lasers” and, ultimately, the Rothschild family.
For more than 200 years, the name “Rothschild” has been synonymous with two things: great wealth, and conspiracy theories about what they are “really doing” with it. Almost from the moment Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his sons emerged from the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt to revolutionize the banking world, the Rothschild family has been the target of myths, hoaxes, bizarre accusations, and constant, virulent antisemitism. Over the years, they have been blamed for everything from the sinking of the Titanic, to causing the Great Depression, and even creating the COVID-19 pandemic. Jewish Space Lasers: The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories
is a deeply researched dive into the history of the conspiracy industry around the Rothschild family - from the “pamphlet wars” of Paris in the 1840s to the dankest pits of the internet today. Journalist and conspiracy theory expert Mike Rothschild, who isn’t related to the family, sorts out myth from reality to find the truth about these conspiracy theories and their spreaders. Who were the Rothschilds? Who are they today? Do they really own $500 trillion and every central bank in addition to “controlling the British money supply?” Is any of this actually true? And why, even as their wealth and influence have waned, do they continue to drive conspiracies and hoaxes?
Mike Rothschild is a journalist and conspiracy theory expert. He is the author of The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything. Rothschild has been interviewed by CNN, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and the New York Times among many others to discuss conspiracy theories. He has also testified to Congress on the threat of election disinformation. He lives in Southern California.

Anna Merlan is a journalist and the author of the 2019 book Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 6:30pm
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225 26th St
Suite 33
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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