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Title Republic of lies : American conspiracy theorists and their surprising rise to power / Anna Merlan.
Author Merlan, Anna, author.
Publication New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (275 pages)
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-260) and index.
Contents Prologue -- False times -- "Some of it is true and some of it is not" -- Pizza party -- False flags -- Self investigators -- Medical conspiracies -- The fall of a sovereign citizen -- White nationalist cookout -- Deep state -- Epilogue.
Summary A riveting tour through the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring the causes and tenacity of this American malady, from Birthers to Pizzagate and beyond. American society has always been fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but with the election of Donald Trump, previously outlandish ideas suddenly attained legitimacy. Trump himself is a conspiracy enthusiast: from his claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax to the accusations of "fake news," he has fanned the flames of suspicion. But it was not by the power of one man alone that these ideas gained new power. Republic of Lies looks beyond the caricatures of conspiracy theorists to explain their tenacity. Without lending the theories validity, Anna Merlan gives a nuanced, sympathetic account of the people behind them, across the political spectrum, and the circumstances that helped them take hold. The lack of a social safety net, inadequate education, bitter culture wars, and years of economic insecurity have created large groups of people who feel forgotten by their government and even besieged by it. Our contemporary conditions are a perfect petri dish for conspiracy movements: a durable, permanent, elastic climate of alienation and resentment. All the while, an army of politicians and conspiracy-peddlers has fanned the flames of suspicion to serve their own ends. Bringing together penetrating historical analysis and gripping on-the-ground reporting, Republic of Lies transforms our understanding of American paranoia.
Note Print version record.
Subject Conspiracy theories -- United States.
Conspiracy theories -- Political aspects -- United States.
Political culture -- United States.
Conspiracy theories. (OCoLC)fst01748943
Political culture. (OCoLC)fst01069263
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Conspiracy Theories.
Genre Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Merlan, Anna. Republic of lies. First edition. New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2019 9781250159052 (DLC) 2018038066 (OCoLC)1033645334
ISBN 9781250159069 (electronic bk.)
1250159067 (electronic bk.)

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