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

Peter Knight


Conspiracy Theories in American historical past: An Encyclopedia is the 1st complete, research-based, scholarly learn of the pervasiveness of our deeply ingrained tradition of conspiracy. From the Puritan witch trials to the Masons, from the pink Scare to Watergate, Whitewater, and the conflict on Terror, this encyclopedia covers conspiracy theories around the breadth of U.S. historical past, interpreting the contributors, agencies, and concepts in the back of them. Its over three hundred alphabetical entries conceal either the documented documents of tangible conspiracies and the cultural and political value of particular conspiracy speculations.

Neither selling nor disregarding any concept, the entries movement 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 folks selling them, the genuine effect of society's reactions to conspiracy fears, warranted or no longer, and the decision (when verifiable) that heritage has handed on each one case.

"The editors of this fantastic reference rightfully assert that 'conspiracy theories have performed a necessary function in shaping the process American history.' … the 1st to hide the topic comprehensively, this paintings bargains 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 … an exceptional addition to educational and massive public libraries."
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"The encyclopedia admirably accomplishes its targets … Articles are normally attractive and primary expense of their scholarship. … designated in either layout and content material, this can be a severe and worthy attempt, and may definitely turn into one of many extra renowned reference titles in lots of library collections."
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