Give the Gift of Paranoia

A Christmastime appeal.


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I'm happy to relay the news that Amazon has declared my book The United States of Paranoia one of the 20 best nonfiction books of 2013. I suppose that's as good a hook as any for me to point out that the book makes a lovely present for the paranoiacs in your life. Both The Wall Street Journal and The National Memo have included the book in their annual gift guides, the former calling it an "imaginative survey of two centuries of belief in sinister dark forces" and the latter saying it shows that "everyone has contributed to instilling conspiratorial fear at some point in time." And the thing just got praised at a site called Luxury Reading, so it might even qualify as a luxurious gift, even if it isn't bound in fine Corinthian leather.

Since I'm in self-promotion mode, here's some more links to recent coverage:

The Baffler gives the book a shout-out.

• Cato turns an excerpt from a talk about the book into a short podcast.

• I discuss the book on Brazilian TV.

• I'm a guest on a conspiracy-focused episode of the public radio show BackStory.