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Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

Robert Alan Goldberg


There is a hunger for conspiracy news in America. Hundreds of Internet websites, magazines, newsletters, even entire publishing houses, disseminate information on invisible enemies and their secret activities, subversions, and coverups. Those who suspect conspiracies behind events in the news—the crash of TWA Flight 800, the death of Marilyn Monroe—join generations of Americans, from the colonial period to the present day, who have entertained visions of vast plots. This book focuses on five major conspiracy theories of the past half-century, examining how they became widely popular in the Uni ... More

Keywords: conspiracy news, coverups, conspiracies, Roswell, Communist threat, President John Kennedy, paranoid rhetoric, media validation, public confidence, federal government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300090000
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300090000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Alan Goldberg, author