eBook The Reference Shelf: Conspiracy Theories, 1st Edition

  • Paul McCaffrey
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  • ISBN-10: 0824212665
  • ISBN-13: 9780824212667
  • DDC: 001.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 200 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released November 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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The expression "conspiracy theory" is used by scholars and in popular culture to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed at "stealing" power, money, or freedom, from "the people." Less illustrious uses refer to folklore and urban legend. Sometimes the expression is used to characterize a form of speculation as ridiculous, outlandish or irrational. This Reference Shelf examines a number of well-known conspiracy theories, their sources, effects and credibility.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface: Categorizing Conspiracy Theories.
1: "The Paranoid Style": An Introduction to Conspiracy Theories.
2: After Hofstadter: Conspiracy Theories in America.
3: Conspiracy Theories: An Overview.
4: Conspiracy Theories Probe the Dark Side of Life.
5: Conspiracy Theories are Fodder for the Gullible.
6: The Truth is Out There... Way Out There.
7: America’s Addiction to Belief.
8: Internet Conspiracies.
9: Confessions of a Non-Serial Killer.
10: The Twin Towers and the Truthers: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.
11: The 9/11 Conspiracy: The Theories and the Evidence.
12: Viewing 9/11 from a Grassy Knoll.
13: The Anatomy of Lunacy.
14: 9/11: The Roots of Paranoia.
15: The American Empire and 9/11.
16: Professors of Paranoia?.
17: 500 Conspiracy Buffs Meet to Seek the Truth of 9/11.
18: Who Still Believes in 9/11 Conspiracies?.
19: Shots in Dallas: The JFK Assassination.
20: American Enigma: Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK Assassination.
21: Oswald Shoots JFK: But who is the Real Target?.
22: A Prosecutor Takes on the JFK Assassination.
23: Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
24: New Insights into Kennedy’s Assassination.
25: Researchers at A&M Discredit JFK Theory.
26: Martha, Steward.
27: The Good Spy.
28: Government Machinations: Political Conspiracy Theories.
29: The Clinton Conspiracies.
30: Citing 'Sideshow,' Obama Offers Full Birth Certificate.
31: Latest Conspiracy Theory—Kerry Won— Hits the Ether.
32: Those Pesky Voters.
33: A Week of Fear.
34: Whatever it is, Bill Clinton Likely did it.
35: From Bombed Levees to Blood Libel: Religious and Ethnic Conspiracy Theories.
36: "Myths of the Unloved" and Myths of the Majority.
37: Blame it on the Jews.
38: ZOG Ate My Brains.
39: The Tuskegee Experiment’s Long Shadow.
40: Were the Levees Bombed in New Orleans?.
41: For Critics of Islam, 'Sharia' a Loaded Word.
42: Science Fictions? Roswell, the Moon Landing, and Beyond.
43: The Roswell Mystery and its Legacy.
44: Roswell, New Mexico, UFO Crash.
45: Did NASA Fake the Moon Landing?.
46: Seeing Red on Mars.
47: Is Baked Alaska Half-Baked?.
Web Sites.
About the Editor.