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
     
 


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 wasSee more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199753956
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/11/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
598,430
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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