Republic of Lies

American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power by Anna Merlan

  • Published: Aug 19, 2020

"This well-produced audiobook is also well researched, and well intentioned." AudioFile Magazine This program includes an introduction read by the author. A riveting tour through the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring... read more

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Details of Republic of Lies

Exact title of the book
Republic of Lies
Book author
Anna Merlan
ISBN
9781250203137
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Apr 16, 2019
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

"This well-produced audiobook is also well researched, and well intentioned." AudioFile Magazine This program includes an introduction read by the author. A riveting tour through the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring the causes and tenacity of this American malady, from Birthers to Pizzagate and beyond. American society has always been fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but with the election of Donald Trump, previously outlandish ideas suddenly attained legitimacy.

Trump himself is a conspiracy enthusiast from his claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax to the accusations of "fake news," he has fanned the flames of suspicion. But it was not by the power of one man alone that these ideas gained new power. Republic of Lies looks beyond the caricatures of conspiracy theorists to explain their tenacity.

Without lending the theories validity, Anna Merlan gives a nuanced, sympathetic account of the people behind them, across the political spectrum, and the circumstances that helped them take hold. The lack of a social safety net, inadequate education, bitter culture wars, and years of economic insecurity have created large groups of people who feel forgotten by their government and even besieged by it. Our contemporary conditions are a perfect petri dish for conspiracy movements a durable, permanent, elastic climate of alienation and resentment.

All the while, an army of politicians and conspiracy-peddlers has fanned the flames of suspicion to serve their own ends. Bringing together penetrating historical analysis and gripping on-the-ground reporting, Republic of Lies transforms our understanding of American paranoia.

About author

Merlan is a journalist specializing in politics, crime, religion, subcultures, and womens lives. She is a reporter at the Special Projects Desk, the investigative division of Gizmodo Media Group. She was previously a senior reporter at Jezebel and staff writer at the Village Voice and the Dallas Observer.

She lives in New York.

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