Good afternoon my lovelies.  Today I’m on the blog tour for something a bit different……The Storm is Upon Us: How QAnon became a movement, cult, and conspiracy theory of everything by Mike Rothschild – an interesting and intriguing read……

about the storm is upon us

Title: The Storm is Upon Us
Author: Mike Rothschild
Genre: Non-fiction
Estimated page count: 288
Formats available: Paperback, Audiobook and eBook
Publisher: Monoray (22 Jun. 2021)
Tour organised by: Random Things Tours

In 2017, President Trump made a cryptic remark at a gathering of military officials, describing it as ‘the calm before the storm’-then refused to explain himself to puzzled journalists. But on internet message boards, a mysterious poster called ‘Q Clearance Patriot’ began an elaboration all of their own.

Q’s wild yarn hinted at a vast conspiracy that satisfied the deepest desires of MAGA-America. None of Q’s predictions came to pass. But did that stop people from clinging to every word, expanding Q’s mythology, and promoting it ever more widely? No.

Conspiracy culture expert Mike Rothschild is uniquely equipped to explain QAnon, from the cults that first fed into it, to its embrace by Trump and the right-wing media. With families torn apart and with the Capitol under attack, he argues that mocking the madness of QAnon will get us nowhere. Instead, he argues that QAnon tells us everything we need to know about global fear after Trump-and that we need to understand it now, because it’s not going away.

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

My thoughts

This is an interesting book that will definitely get you thinking.  It looks into Q – who they are, how they started and how they’ve escalated, as well as looking at stories of those who are family members of people who follow Q or who themselves, have abandoned the ideas.  Split into three sections it covers the origins, the escalation and the fallout.

I’m aware of the conspiracy theories believed by followers of Q but when reading this wanted to remain completely impartial.  It’s always good to look at both sides of an idea/argument.  I found this to be well written and thoroughly intriguing, and enjoyed seeing things from a different perspective.  It definitely got me asking questions and pondering the answers.

If you’re a follower of Q then you won’t like this.  If you have no idea of who Q is then this will make for an eye opening and intriguing read.  And if you’re like me and have an idea of Q and their ideals but are open minded and willing to look at both sides then you should read this.

If you’re into conspiracy theories – and I have to say most people I know are at least intrigued by them – then this is worth checking out!

about the author

Mike Rothschild is a journalist, author, and the foremost expert in this ever-changing QAnon conspiracy theory. He is a contributing writer for the Daily Dot, where he explores
the intersections between internet culture and politics through the lens of conspiracy
theories. As a subject matter expert in the field of fringe beliefs, Mike has been interviewed
by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and Yahoo – among many others. He is
also a frequent speaker, and podcast and radio guest on the topic of conspiracy theories,
including NPR’s weekly show “On the Media” and a Vice documentary. Rothschild has been
studying the QAnon phenomenon since early 2018, and was one of the first journalists not
only to reveal its connections to past conspiracy theories and scams, but also to openly
address its danger to the American public—and beyond.

follow the tour

Thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Hope you have a wonderful day lovelies – the weekend is nearly here!

Chelle x

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