By Benjamin Balint
November 17, 12011
Umberto Eco’s long fascination with the “Protocols” comes as no surprise. The forgery figures in “Foucault’s Pendulum,” a novel that centers on a conspiracy put into motion by the Knights Templar. Eco returned to the subject in his essays “The Power of Falsehood” and “Fictional Protocols.” He contributed the introduction to Will Eisner’s graphic history, “The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion”((2006.
But this book, another Eco entry into what might be called a “literature of facts,” represents the first full-scale imagination of how one of the most powerful pieces of conspiracy propaganda in history came to be.
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).