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The United States of Paranoia by Jesse Walker
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bookshelves: 2016, history, psychology, nonfiction, sociology

Now this was a fun book to read.

The United States of Paranoia is basically a history of conspiracy theories and the American identity, and it is fascinating. Walker lays out five different kinds of conspiracy theories-- from below, from above, from outside, from inside, and the benevolent kind-- and argues that these theories have always been a part of American society, from the Salem witch trials and the Native Americans lurking in the underbrush to the Red Scares and the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11.

Walker, notably, does not make any arguments for the truth or otherwise of these theories, only lays them out and describes what they say about the society and the people from whence they sprang. This book is a lot of fun and a really interesting read, particularly in light of today's society. Definitely recommended for everyone
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August 16, 2016 – Shelved
Started Reading
August 17, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 20, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016
December 20, 2016 – Shelved as: history
December 20, 2016 – Shelved as: psychology
December 20, 2016 – Shelved as: nonfiction
December 20, 2016 – Shelved as: sociology

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