Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

by Robert Alan Goldberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300090005

ISBN-13: 9780300090000

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

There is a hunger for conspiracy news in America. Hundreds of Internet websites, magazines, newsletters, even entire publishing houses, disseminate information on invisible enemies and their secret activities, subversions, and coverups. Those who suspect conspiracies behind events in the news -- the crash of TWA Flight 800, the death of Marilyn Monroe -- join

Overview

There is a hunger for conspiracy news in America. Hundreds of Internet websites, magazines, newsletters, even entire publishing houses, disseminate information on invisible enemies and their secret activities, subversions, and coverups. Those who suspect conspiracies behind events in the news -- the crash of TWA Flight 800, the death of Marilyn Monroe -- join generations of Americans, from the colonial period to the present day, who have entertained visions of vast plots. In this enthralling book Robert Goldberg focuses on five major conspiracy theories of the past half-century, examining how they became widely popular in the United States and why they have remained so.

In the post-World War II decades conspiracy theories have become more numerous, more commonly believed, and more deeply embedded in our culture, Goldberg contends. He investigates conspiracy theories regarding the Roswell UFO incident, the communist threat, the rise of the Antichrist, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the Jewish plot against black America, in each case considering the various historical, social, and political influences. Conspiracy theories are not merely the products of a lunatic fringe, the author shows. Rather, paranoid rhetoric and thinking are disturbingly central in America today. With media validation and dissemination of conspiracy ideas, and with federal government behavior that damages public confidence and faith, the ground is fertile for conspiracy thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300090000
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Chapter 1.An American Tradition1
Chapter 2.The Master Conspiracy22
Chapter 3.The Rise of the Antichrist66
Chapter 4.The View from the Grassy Knoll105
Chapter 5.Jewish Devils and the War on Black America150
Chapter 6.The Roswell Incident189
Chapter 7.Mainstreaming Conspiracism232
Notes261
Bibliography289
Index339

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