I'll be giving a talk in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this afternoon. Details:
Date & Time: September 8, 2014—4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
Event Type: Lecture
Jesse Walker discusses his book, The United States of Paranoia, which presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror. The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn't exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our national identity. When such tales take hold, Walker argues, they reflect the anxieties and experiences of the people who believe them, even if they say nothing true about the objects of the theories themselves.
While I'm at it: The paperback edition of the book, with a new afterword discussing the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, will be coming to bookstores next month. You can preorder a copy here.