Under the Eye of Power: How Fear of Secret Societies Shapes American Democracy


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6.41 X 9.42 X 1.25 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Colin Dickey is a writer, speaker, and academic, and has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He's the author of multiple books, including Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places and The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained. A regular contributor to the New Republic and Lapham's Quarterly, he is also the coeditor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.


"In his timely new book...Colin Dickey writes entertainingly about conspiracy theories, real and imagined."--The Boston Globe

"[A] poignant argument on how belief in secret societies, from the KKK to QAnon, influences American democracy."--Chicago Tribune

"We can think of no better writer than Colin Dickey...to examine America's foundational obsession with conspiracy. From Salem to John Birch to Pizzagate, the "paranoid style" has been a part of this country's identity long before it was given name by John Hofstadter in 1964. But what are we to do when people would rather ascribe their ill fortune to shadowy cabals of powerful puppet masters than the randomness of the universe? For Dickey, the first step is admitting we have a problem."--LitHub's "10 Nonfiction Books to Read This July"

"A vivid and intriguing recontextualization of a misunderstood aspect of American history."
--Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*

"An entertaining, elucidating, and disturbing trip off the beaten path."
--Publishers Weekly "2023 Summer Reads"

"The author of Ghostland and The Unidentified returns with a colorful history of conspiracy theories in the U.S...In an engrossing narrative, Dickey explains how the human search for purpose can become comical, weird, and/or dark."
--Kirkus Reviews