Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

by Robert Alan Goldberg
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300090000
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.16(d)

Table of Contents

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

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