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Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11
 
 
Author
Kathryn S. Olmsted.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780195183535
Pages/Publication Date 320/2009
Daedalus Item Code 30764
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A surprising number of Americans believe that their own government is guilty of such shocking hoaxes and crimes as shooting the president, faking the moon landing, and deliberately allowing the deaths of 2400 servicemen at Pearl Harbor. Although paranoia has been a feature of the American scene since the birth of the Republic, says historian Kathryn Olmsted, she posits that it was only in the 20th century that strange and unlikely conspiracy theories became central to American politics. Also the author of Challenging the Secret Government and Red Spy Queen, Olmsted argues that World War I was a turning point, and shows how expansion of the federal bureaucracy made Americans more fearful of the government itself—the military, the intelligence community, and even the president.

"Once in a while, a talented historian writes a book about a neglected topic that millions of Americans think about all the time. Real Enemies is one of those rare and indispensable studies. With grace and impeccable judgment, Kathryn Olmsted illuminates one of the darker regions of the nation's political history. Richard Hofstadter would be pleased."—Michael Kazin

 
 
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