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A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America

Michael Barkun


What do UFO believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in common? It is well known that some Americans are obsessed with conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the 2001 terrorist attacks have all generated elaborate stories of hidden plots. What is far less known is the extent to which conspiracist worldviews have recently become linked in strange and unpredictable ways with other “fringe” notions such as a belief in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. This book, the most comprehensive and authoritative examination of conte ... More

Keywords: conspiracies, hidden plots, conspiracist worldviews, fringe notions, American conspiracism, urban legends, American culture, millenarian activity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520238053
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520238053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Barkun, author