Conspiracies of Conspiracies: How Delusions Have Overrun America

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University of Chicago Press
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6.1 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author

Thomas Milan Konda is emeritus professor of political science at SUNY Plattsburgh.


"Conspiracies of Conspiracies is clearly written and deeply researched, a fine-grained account of American conspiracism from the earliest years of the Republic to the present day. There is scarcely a manifestation that Konda has omitted, and periods that others have merely sketched out are presented here in a detail that can be found in few other places. The times being what they are, the subject is (alas!) likely to remain of interest for many years to come."--Michael Barkun "author of A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America "
"Bridging the divide between quantitative and qualitative approaches to the topic, Konda provides a comprehensive overview of the cultural and political work that conspiracy theories have done in the United States over the past two hundred years. He explains why these theories have recently made a comeback on the political stage and dissects a media landscape that increasingly tends to detect conspiracism everywhere."--Michael Butter "author of Plots, Designs, and Schemes: American Conspiracy Theories from the Puritans to the Present "
"The theories Konda weighs and finds wanting are fascinating in their perversity, from chemtrails to climate change deniers. A book that deserves wide circulation and consideration."--Kirkus Reviews
"Offers insightful context for why the United States has become as obsessed with conspiracy theories as it is. . . . By weaving historical literature with contemporary studies, Konda is able to draw clear connections between the past and the present. . . . His objective and academic approach ultimately demystifies elements of alt-right media that, for many, seemed to come out of nowhere during the 2016 presidential election."--Ploughshares
"There is plenty to be discovered here. . . Konda's survey is perhaps the most comprehensive attempt yet to record and understand the phenomenon of conspiracy theory as it applies to American politics. . . You won't find a catalog of mad musings in Conspiracies of Conspiracies; it's largely a sober and reflective book (although Konda exercises a sly, dry humor on occasion) on a subject that is increasingly contentious, and increasingly central, in the discourses on American politics, science and medicine in particular. . . . Konda manages to give a clear picture of a subject that is more often obscured under a deluge of intensely partisan opinions."--Fortean Times
"Incisive and engaging. . . Konda's assessment of the "new dynamics" of conspiracy theories in contemporary US politics is a significant contribution. Written with a clarity of expression rare in academic writing, the book is accessible to a wide readership. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice