Modern Conspiracies in America: Separating Fact from Fiction (Hardcover)
... an excellent guide to logic and credibility for all who are curious about this complex and urgent subject. Booklist Starred Review America is awash with alleged conspiracies. It seems like today, no one with a cell phone escapes the vortex of skepticism, cynicism, paranoia, and fear that occupy our thoughts almost constantly. Seeking out valid answers in this cacophony can be confusing and deeply frustrating. In this book, historian Michael D. Gambone provides case studies of popular conspiracy theories in America from the past 100 years, from Protocol of the Elders of Zion to #stopthesteal. He offers an approach based on basic logic and historical case studies, not designed to win arguments, but to help readers separate truth from the avalanche of nonsense descending on us every day. In each case, Gambone outlines the conspiracy claim, provides historical context for the conspiracy, presents evidence of the conspiracy claim, and analyzes the claim, context, and evidence. Modern Conspiracies in American History will appeal to a broad audience of readers interested in American history and those seeking to become better informed consumers of news in an era when social media spreads misinformation widely and quickly.
Michael D. Gambone, professor of history at Kutztown University is the author of several books including, most recently, Long Journeys Home: American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2017) and Small Wars: Low-Intensity Threats and the American Response Since Vietnam (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2012).