Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-2

Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-2

Peter Knight


Conspiracy Theories in American heritage: An Encyclopedia is the 1st complete, research-based, scholarly research of the pervasiveness of our deeply ingrained tradition of conspiracy. From the Puritan witch trials to the Masons, from the purple Scare to Watergate, Whitewater, and the warfare on Terror, this encyclopedia covers conspiracy theories around the breadth of U.S. historical past, studying the members, enterprises, and ideas in the back of them. Its over three hundred alphabetical entries disguise either the documented files of tangible conspiracies and the cultural and political importance of particular conspiracy speculations.

Neither selling nor brushing aside any idea, the entries stream past the standard biased rhetoric to supply a clear-sighted, dispassionate examine each one conspiracy (real or imagined). Readers will come to appreciate the political and social contexts within which those theories arose, the mindsets and motivations of the folk selling them, the genuine impression of society's reactions to conspiracy fears, warranted or no longer, and the decision (when verifiable) that heritage has handed on every one case.

"The editors of this superb reference rightfully assert that 'conspiracy theories have performed a necessary position in shaping the process American history.' … the 1st to hide the topic comprehensively, this paintings deals a dispassionate examine conspiracy theories, from the Boston Tea social gathering to September eleven, 2001, putting every one within the context of its time."
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"This is an engaging reference … a very good addition to educational and massive public libraries."
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"The encyclopedia admirably accomplishes its pursuits … Articles are ordinarily attractive and primary fee of their scholarship. … special in either layout and content material, this can be a critical and precious attempt, and should definitely develop into one of many extra well known reference titles in lots of library collections."
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