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Conspiracy Theories in American History [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia

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Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive, research-based, scholarly study of the pervasiveness of our deeply ingrained culture of conspiracy. From the Puritan witch trials to the Masons, from the Red Scare to Watergate, Whitewater, and the War on Terror, this encyclopedia covers conspiracy theories across the breadth of U.S. history, examining the individuals, organizations, and ideas behind them. Its over 300 alphabetical entries cover both the documented records of ...

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Overview

Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive, research-based, scholarly study of the pervasiveness of our deeply ingrained culture of conspiracy. From the Puritan witch trials to the Masons, from the Red Scare to Watergate, Whitewater, and the War on Terror, this encyclopedia covers conspiracy theories across the breadth of U.S. history, examining the individuals, organizations, and ideas behind them. Its over 300 alphabetical entries cover both the documented records of actual conspiracies and the cultural and political significance of specific conspiracy speculations.

Neither promoting nor dismissing any theory, the entries move beyond the usual biased rhetoric to provide a clear-sighted, dispassionate look at each conspiracy (real or imagined). Readers will come to understand the political and social contexts in which these theories arose, the mindsets and motivations of the people promoting them, the real impact of society's reactions to conspiracy fears, warranted or not, and the verdict (when verifiable) that history has passed on each case.

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"The editors of this fine reference rightfully assert that 'conspiracy theories have played a vital role in shaping the course of American history.' . . . The first to cover the subject comprehensively, this work offers a dispassionate look at conspiracy theories, from the Boston Tea Party to September 11, 2001, placing each in the context of its time."

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"This is a fascinating reference . . . [A]n excellent addition to academic and large public libraries."

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Booklist

"The encyclopedia admirably accomplishes its goals . . . Articles are generally engaging and first rate in their scholarship. . . . Unique in both format and content, this is a serious and worthwhile effort, and will surely become one of the more popular reference titles in many library collections."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576078129
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: 2 Volume Set
  • Pages: 958
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 2.38 (d)

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