Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11

Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11

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by Kathryn S. Olmsted
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195183533

ISBN-13: 9780195183535

Pub. Date: 01/02/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Many Americans believe that their own government is guilty of shocking crimes. Government agents shot the president. They faked the moon landing. They stood by and allowed the murders of 2,400 servicemen in Hawaii. Although paranoia has been a feature of the American scene since the birth of the Republic, in Real Enemies Kathryn Olmsted shows that it was only in

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Many Americans believe that their own government is guilty of shocking crimes. Government agents shot the president. They faked the moon landing. They stood by and allowed the murders of 2,400 servicemen in Hawaii. Although paranoia has been a feature of the American scene since the birth of the Republic, in Real Enemies Kathryn Olmsted shows that it was only in the twentieth century that strange and unlikely conspiracy theories became central to American politics. In particular, she posits World War I as a critical turning point and shows that as the federal bureaucracy expanded, Americans grew more fearful of the government itself—the military, the intelligence community, and even the President. Analyzing the wide-spread suspicions surrounding such events as Pearl Harbor, the JFK assassination, Watergate, and 9/11, Olmsted sheds light on why so many Americans believe that their government conspires against them, why more people believe these theories over time, and how real conspiracies—such as the infamous Northwoods plan—have fueled our paranoia about the governments we ourselves elect.

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ISBN-13:
9780195183535
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/02/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 The Consent of the People
Ch. 2 Lying Us into War
Ch. 3 Masters of Deceit
Ch. 4 The Dealey Plaza Irregulars
Ch. 5 White House of Horrors
Ch. 6 Trust No One
Ch. 7 Cabal of Soccer Moms
Bibliography

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