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Publisher's Summary

Ever since the Warren Commission concluded that a lone gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy, people who doubt that finding have been widely dismissed as conspiracy theorists, despite credible evidence that right-wing elements in the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service - and possibly even senior government officials - were also involved. Why has suspicion of criminal wrongdoing at the highest levels of government been rejected out-of-hand as paranoid thinking akin to superstition?

Lance deHaven-Smith asks tough questions and connects the dots among five decades' worth of suspicious events, including the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, the attempted assassinations of George Wallace and Ronald Reagan, the crimes of Watergate, the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal, the disputed presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, the major defense failure of 9/11, and the subsequent anthrax letter attacks.

Sure to spark intense debate about the truthfulness and trustworthiness of our government, Conspiracy Theory in America offers a powerful reminder that a suspicious, even radically suspicious, attitude toward government is crucial to maintaining our democracy.

©2013 University of Texas Press (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"DeHaven-Smith offers an intriguing take on the origins and implications of conspiracy theories and the paranoid mindset itself in this accessible academic study." ( Publisher's Weekly)
" Conspiracy Theory in America is an excellent presentation, logical and well documented." (James Richard Bailey, FiredogLake.com)

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Unexciting

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Very boring. A lot of fluff and not a lot of info about conspiracy theories.

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Love it and imma tell everyone bout it

My plan is to create a presentation with information within this book and give talks about conspiracy theory basics. Of course I'll be citing this a bunch because it's very grounded and thorough in is covering of the Kennedy assassinations. Also how do you not talk about the CIA weaponizing the term to shut down questions of the Warren commission

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Timely, Brilliant, and Crucial to Democracy

A remarkable book that critiques the cynical management of domestic political thought by intelligence agencies in the U.S., particularly the CIA. The phrase “conspiracy theory” is a highly successful tool for preventing dissent, and marginalizing the dissenting authors and texts that do sometimes emerge in spite of such disinformation campaigns. A much-needed corrective to the flood of propaganda published every day by intellectual prostitutes in our country. Check out the author on You Tube.

This audiobook is also well-narrated.

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Get this book and question everything.

Dismantles the fears about conspiracy theory making and the questioning of possible government wrong doing in an age where intimidation by the establishment runs high.

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excellent, chilling, not very hopeful

disturbingly accurate depiction with implausable "fix" proposed, conspiracy theories have only become pejotatives since JFK's murder.

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Informative

Great information about how Conspiracy Theories were stigmatized to allow nefarious actions to continue in US politics.

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academic analysis

Professor deHaven-Smith’s breakdown of this concept has relevance today with the ‘false’ narratives being put forward by mainstream media and political insiders of all stripes. People of all political leanings should read and share this book.

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What might have been an interesting subject was lost with a completely monotone delivery. hi

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Helpful in thinking about conspiracy theories

What did you love best about Conspiracy Theory in America?

It gave me a frame of reference

What about Bobby Dobbs’s performance did you like?

He spoke distinctly but not fluently or feelingly

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That there's a conceptual framework for such considerations

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Become a SCAD Theorist!!!

Thank you professor for shining a light on the long, dark shadow of the Deep State attempting to erode the U.S. Constitution.
My fellow Americans:
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Fight to retain the freedom our forefathers died for.