The United States of Paranoia

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The United States of Paranoia

A Conspiracy Theory

By Jesse Walker

HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780062135551, 434pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2013

Description

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 and subversion doesn t exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our national identity. When such tales takes hold, Walker argues, they reflect the anxieties and experiences of the people who believe them, even if they say nothing true about the objects of the theories themselves.With intensive research and a deadpan sense of humor, Jesse Walker's The United States of Paranoia combines the rigor of real history with the punch of pulp fiction.

This edition includes primary-source documentation in the form of archival photographs, cartoons, and film stills selected by the author.



NPR
Saturday, Sep 7, 2013

Author Jesse Walker argues that believing in shadowy cabals and ominous secrets isn't just for people on the margins � it's as American as apple pie. He says that our nation's paranoia stretches back to the colonial era, and that some conspiracy theories are believed by a majority of Americans. More at NPR.org

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