Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From

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Simon and Schuster, May 1, 1999 - Social Science - 272 pages
"A solid sketch of a difficult and intriguing topic without indulging in sensationalism" (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 1997).

Was AIDS intentionally inflicted upon blacks by whites? Was JFK assassinated as part of an intricate conspiracy? Pipes traces conspiracy theories through history to show that "Conspiracism"—genuine and virulent belief in a conspiracy—dates back to the First Crusade and reached a peak in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, with the focus shifting from the Jews, groups such as Freemasons and the Rosicrucians, and back again.
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CONSPIRACY: The Power of the Paranoid Style in History

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A moderately successful effort to address an inherently amorphous topic. Pipes (The Rushdie Affair, 1990, etc.) enters a shadowy world by distinguishing between (real) conspiracies and (imaginary ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
CONSPIRACY THEORIES EVERYWHERE
A HOUSE OF MIRRORS
UNMASKING THE CONSPIRACY THEORY 4 THE ORIGINS TO 1815
TWO CONSPIRACIST TRADITIONS
RIGHTWING NUTS LEFTIST SOPHISTICATES
CONSPIRACISMS COSTS
BENIGN ANTISEMITISM

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Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and columnist for the New York Post and the Jerusalem Post.

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