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A Bibliography of the Apocalypse

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Below, is a small bibliography of texts I found useful while doing research for this website. Some are written by skeptics, some by believers. All take a critical and occasionally clinical approach to the phenomenon of millennialism and the social, historical and psychological influences on apocalyptic thought.

I’d also like to thank Chris Nelson for his help in researching the subject and recommending many of the texts below.

“Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown” by Stephen Jay Gould

“The End Of Time: Faith And Fear In The Shadow Of The Millennium” by Damian Thompson

“An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural: James Randi's Decidedly Skeptical Definitions of Alternate Realities” by James Randi

“The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World's Most Famous Seer” by James Randi

“Selling Fear: Conspiracy Theories and End-Times Paranoia” by Gregory S. Camp, Sherman S. Smith

“The Last Days Are Here Again: A History of the End Times” by Richard G. Kyle

“End-Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon” by Richard Abanes

“When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture (Studies in Cultural History)” by Paul Boyer

“The Millennium Myth: The Ever-Ending Story” by Sean M. O'Shea, Meryl A. Walker

“Eve of Destruction : Prophecies, Theories and Preparations for the End of the World” by Eva Shaw

“Apocalypse Culture” by Adam Parfrey (Warning: Not for the squeamish)

“Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds” by Charles Mackay*

“Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time” by Michael Shermer

“The Demon Haunted World” by Carl Sagan

“Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium” by Carl Sagan

“Apocalypse Pretty Soon” by Alex Heard

“Apocalypse Wow!: A Memoir for the End of Time” by James Finn Garner

“Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages” by Eugen Weber

“The End Of The World: An Annotated Bibliography” by Tom McIver (Note: An exceptional resource)

“Discover” Magazine - January 1999

“Smithsonian” Magazine - April 1999

“TIME” Magazine - July 12, 1999

“Newsweek” Magazine - November 1, 1999

“Archaeology” Magazine - November/December, 1999

“Skeptical Inquirer” Magazine - November/December, 1999

“TIME” Magazine - July 1, 2002

* Can also be found online at Project Gutenberg


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