The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory

The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory

by Jesse Walker


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Jesse Walker’s The United States of Paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror.

The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn’t exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our national identity. When such tales takes hold, Walker argues, they reflect the anxieties and experiences of the people who believe them, even if they say nothing true about the objects of the theories themselves.

With intensive research and a deadpan sense of humor, Jesse Walker’s The United States of Paranoia combines the rigor of real history with the punch of pulp fiction.

This edition includes primary-source documentation in the form of archival photographs, cartoons, and film stills selected by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062135568
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 113,618
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jesse Walker is the books editor of Reason magazine and the author of Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two daughters.

Table of Contents

Part I Primal Myths

1 The Paranoid Style Is American Politics 3

2 The Devil in the Wilderness 23

3 The Devil Next Door 47

4 The Beast Below 83

5 Puppeteers 109

6 Conspiracies of Angels 133

Part II Modern Fear

7 The Water's Gate 157

8 The Legend of John Todd 185

9 Operation Mindfuck 219

10 The Ghost of Rambo 261

11 The Demonic Cafeteria 275

12 Everything Is a Clue 299

Epilogue: The Monster at the End of This Book 333

Acknowledgments 339

Notes 343

Index 423

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