The United States of Paranoia
A Conspiracy TheoryBook - 2013
Explores the origins, evolution, legacy, and impact of paranoia in American politics and culture by discussing five conspiracy narratives that keep recurring throughout history.
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.
A books editor at Reson magazine explores the origins, evolution, legacy and impact of paranoia in American politics and culture by discussing five conspiracy narratives that keep recurring throughout history. (This book was previously featured in Forecast.) 25,000 first printing.
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"The conspiracy theorist will always be with us, because he will always be us. We will never stop finding patterns. We will never stop spinning stories. We will always be capable of jumping to conclusions, particularly when we're dealing with other nations, factions, subcultures, or layers of the social hierarchy." pg.338
"Human beings have a knack not just for finding patterns in chaos but for constructing stories to make sense of events, especially events that scare us...But when building a narrative you can fall into a trap, one where a combination of confirmation bias and serendipity blinds you to the ways your enticing story might fail to describe the world." pg.337
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