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The United States of paranoia : a conspiracy theory

Author: Jesse Walker
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror. It is a history of America's demons that stretches from the seventeenth century to today, and lays out five conspiracy narratives that recur in American politics and popular culture. 1693: Cotton Mather suggests that the spirits attacking Salem are allied with the colony's human  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jesse Walker
ISBN: 9780062135551 0062135554
OCLC Number: 827259926
Description: 434 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Primal myths. The paranoid style is American politics --
The devil in the wilderness --
The devil next door --
The beast below --
Puppeteers --
Conspiracies of angels --
pt. II. Modern fear. The water's gate --
The legend of John Todd --
Operation Mindfuck --
The ghost of Rambo --
The demonic cafeteria --
Everything is a clue --
The monster at the end of this book.
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Jesse Walker's The United States of Paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror.The fear of intrigue  Read more...

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