Brad Meltzer: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

Brad Meltzer’s new book, History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, provides fascinating insight into 10 of the greatest conspiracies of all time. From D.B. Cooper to the fate of John Wilkes Booth to Area 51, Brad investigates the claims behind some of the most notorious conspiracies in American history. Brad joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about some his favorite parts of the book and the most interesting things he learned while putting it together.

“Hey, a good friend, and a friend of the program, and a great writer, Brad Meltzer is with us. And he has written History Decoded, The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time,” Glenn said. “And this is absolutely a Glenn Beck book because it is riddled with things for the ADD, and it has actual history in it. I was reading D.B. Cooper, I didn't know half of the stuff of D.B. Cooper.”

“It's actually my wife's favorite thing in the book, it's something she didn't know,” Brad explained. “And we wanted to count down the top conspiracies throughout the history, wanted to do Lincoln, JFK, the big ones. So D.B. Cooper gets on a plane and he says to the flight attendant, ‘I have a bomb. I want $200,000 in $20 bills and four parachutes or I'm glowing the plane up.’ So they land the plane. And they let everybody in the plane off. And D.B. Cooper takes off again… He gets the parachutes, and the money, and opens up the back door of the plane and disappears. The best part of the story, to this day, the only unsolved highjacking in U.S. history.”

“What I love in this chapter is we actually give you an answer. We found a guy named Kenny Christiansen. A few years ago he died. On his deathbed, he tells his brother right before he dies, ‘I have something I'm ashamed to tell you.’ And the brother doesn't know what it is. And the guy dies. So now the brother starts going through the stuff, and as he’s going through his stuff, he’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I think my brother is D.B. Cooper.’ And he finds – his brother was a Northwest Airline pilot – D.B. Cooper was on a Northwest Airline plane. His brother was fired. He has an axe to grind. And then, his brother is digging ditches for a living – that's what he's doing, making no money. But right after D.B. Cooper jumps, his brother pays for his house in cash and opens a bank account with $180,000 in it. So he is either the best ditch digger of all time, right?”

Brad explained that they also took a thermal scanner to the house that revealed a secret hiding place in the bedroom ceiling that would have perfectly fit a briefcase Christiansen's brother was seen carrying in a photograph along with a sack of money. Furthermore $20 bills with the serial numbers that matched the money D.B. Cooper was given have turned up all around the town. As Brad explains, his purpose in writing the book was to provide people with new evidence and new factual information.

“It's a great conspiracy. And I hate that DB Cooper has become a folk hero. You know what he is? He's a criminal. We should not be celebrating criminals. What I want to do is tell the real story,” Brad explained. “So you get, as you said, we give you the evidence. So when we give you each chapter of the book, it's not just a chapter. There's a little flap, and you can pull out the F.B.I. report… we give you his actual ticket for the airline. And you get to examine the evidence and look at it yourself.”

Below is a sample of the extra materials that come with each chapter of the book:

In the case of the D.B. Cooper conspiracy, Brad walking away from the research for this book believing this was in fact the man. Not all the leads he received, however, turned out that way.

Glenn highly recommended the book to anyone who loves history.

The November issue of TheBlaze Magazine contains an exclusive excerpt from the book relating to the chapter about JFK's assassination that is truly fascinating. Get your issue of TheBlaze Magazine HERE and purchase your copy Brad’s book HERE.

Watch the entire interview below:

POLL: Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

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Just one day after Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, which left over 1,400 people Israelis dead, 34 different student groups from Harvard University wrote a joint statement pinning the blame of Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel. In the following days after publishing this callous statement, these students staged a walkout and rallied in support of the Palestinians. As Glenn has discussed, this is not an isolated event, and campuses across the country have hosted similar rallies where antisemitic jargon like "we don't want no Jew state" and "globalize the intifada" is freely spewed.

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests?

While the Universities have not officially backed any of these rallies or student groups that organized them, they haven't stopped them either, which raises the question: should they? On one hand, these are American students in American Universities, who are protected by the First Amendment. On the other hand, history tells us how dangerous antisemitism is if left unchecked; and what of the rights of Jewish students to be safe on the campuses they pay to attend? Let us know what you think in the poll below:

Should Universities allow pro-Hamas protests? 

Would you feel safe if your child attended a University that allowed pro-Hamas protests?

 Should Universities allow pro-Israel protests?

Is pro-Hamas rhetoric protected by the First Amendment?

POLL: What do YOU think Israel should do about Gaza?

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Should Israel take over Gaza after defeating Hamas? This contentious historical question has resurfaced amid Israel's retaliatory airstrikes in Gaza following Hamas' terror attacks, which resulted in the greatest death of Jews since the Holocaust. Biden and the global elites have warned Israel against occupation of the Palestinian territory. When asked on 60 Minutes if he would support the Israeli occupation of Gaza, Biden said, “I think it would be a big mistake.” Today Glenn responded to Biden’s answer: “I don't think it's a mistake to occupy."

This has been a long-standing, polarizing issue that is now more relevant than ever, and we want to hear YOUR thoughts. Let us know in the poll below:

Would you support an Israeli occupation of Gaza?

Do you think the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza are justified?

Do you think a two-state solution is still possible?

Funding IRAN?! Here are the TOP 5 reasons Joe Biden should be IMPEACHED

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On September 12th, the House announced an official impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden with allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption. Naturally, the media quickly jumped to the President’s aid claiming that “there is no evidence to support these claims” and that the whole affair is a witch hunt.

If you’ve been listening to Glenn, you know that this is simply not the case. Biden has been committing impeachment-worthy deeds before he even stepped foot into the Oval Office—there’s no shortage of evidence to justify this inquiry. Here are 5 scathing reasons why Biden should be impeached:

He was responsible for the Afghanistan withdrawal disaster.

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The Biden administration began with the US's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Under his watch, Biden left thousands of US citizens and allies stranded in the Taliban's hostile regime. Countless Afghan allies have been murdered by the Taliban due to the Biden administration's negligence.

He was involved with Hunter Biden's illicit foreign business dealings.

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There is clear evidence that Joe Biden was more than aware of his son Hunter's foreign business dealings. From suspicious money laundering through the Biden family's accounts to Joe's involvement with important business meetings within Hunter's company, there is mounting evidence to warrant an impeachment inquiry.

He lied about his involvement with Hunter's business dealings.

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Not only did Biden involve himself with his son's less-than-legal foreign business ventures, but he lied to the American people about it too, claiming he had NO KNOWLEDGE of what was going on.

He failed to protect the Southern border, and actively made it worse.

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Biden singlehandedly turned the Southern border into the worst illegal immigration crisis in US history. He reversed many policies set in place by the Trump administration, resulting in 2.3 million illegal immigrants flooding into the US under his watch, a historic high.


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Biden reversed the Trump-era policy that halted all funds going into Iran. The Wall Street Journal revealed the smoking-gun evidence proving that Iran trained AND funded Hamas before its gruesome terror attacks against Israel. Moreover, shortly before the attacks, the Biden administration unfroze $6 BILLION dollars of Iran's assets as a part of a prisoner swap. On top of this, Biden resumed $200 million worth of "humanitarian aid" to Gaza that Trump had ended—because the money was being used to buy weapons for Hamas.

Top 5 economic milestones that show HOW BAD Bidenomics has made the economy

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From groceries to house prices, everything seems to get more expensive, and you can thank Biden for that. Glenn recently exposed the truth about 'Bidenomics' and the havoc it has wrought on the American economy. Here are five economic milestones during the Biden administration that expose the glaring track record of "Bidenomics:"

In July 2022, the inflation rate hit 9.1 percent, a 40-year record high.

In June 2022, gas hit an all time record high of $5 a gallon for the national average.

61 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck as of this September.

Interest rates reached a 15-year high at 5.25 percent and are still increasing.

Americans have $1 trillion in collective credit card debt, in part due to food/staple pieces being very high.