PALE HORSE RIDER: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America – – by Mark Jacobson

A riveting new book (coming out on September 4, 2018) written by NEW YORK MAGAZINE writer Mark Jacobson:

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 U.S. naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper published his manifesto BEHOLD A PALE HORSE in 1991 – – which became widely popular in the mid 90’s to the late 90’s.

Since then it has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies, becoming the number-one bestseller in the American prison system. (Bookscan lists sales at 289,000 since 2005.)

According to BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, the Illuminati are secretly involved with the U.S. 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.

Many of Cooper’s conclusions were driven by personal demons and a highly creative connection of dots, and yet they have shaped much of the fabric of American life in the past few decades.   Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh’s cohort in the Oklahoma City bombing, was a fan, and BEHOLD A PALE HORSE has great appeal among right-wing radicals.

On the other hand, the book transcends class and race barriers:

It is read primarily by poor blacks in prison and appeals to people who acutely feel that society is fixed against them.  It has inspired numerous hip-hop groups and continues to do so.

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?


(By the way, a few years ago I had a great privilege of  getting together with this great writer for the NEW YORK MAGAZINE, Mark Jacobson, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico when he visited me – – I truly enjoyed discussing with him all kinds of fascinating topics.   I will never forget that experience.)


By the way, it is of utmost importance to note that towards the end of his turbulent “career”,  Cooper distanced himself from the world of “UFOlogy“.   Click and read the following article:

“There are no aliens and no alien abductions”, said William ‘Bill’ Cooper, author of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE

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