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Conspiracy Nation: The Politics of Paranoia in Postwar America

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Why are Americans today so fascinated by the X-Files? How did rumors emerge about the origins of the AIDS virus as a weapon of biowarfare? Why does the Kennedy assassination provoke heated debate nearly forty years after the fact, and what do we make of Hillary Clinton's accusation of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" against her husband? The origins of these ideas reveal imp ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by New York University Press (first published 2002)
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Marty Monahan
Aug 15, 2016 Marty Monahan rated it really liked it
A series of essays examining the "Politics of paranoia in postwar America" of uneven quality.

The first section was the best, "Theory of Conspiracy Theories" showed how the existing framework to understand conspiracy theories is inadequate. While the last section the, "Ends of conspiracies" just lost me.

The work uses the television show the X-files as a framework for this and any fan of the show might enjoy this.
Mar 09, 2008 David rated it did not like it
I thought this would be a good over view of how conspiracy theories come about, instead it is a group of very dry academic essays that cover everything from the appeal of the X-Files (that essay is even dull) to the circumstances around Tupac's murder.
It's not as bad as its cumulative rating suggests, it's just not what it seems. It has a fabulous interesting title but actually is just a compilation of academic essays. This isn't popular reading, don't pick it up expecting it to be.
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Senior Lecturer In American Literature for the University of Manchester.

Knight has written multiple books about conspiracy theories in American culture.
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