|Pages/Publication Date:||275 / 2019|
American society has always been fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but under Donald Trump, previously outlandish ideas suddenly attained legitimacy. But it is not the work of one man alone, and so Anna Merlan gives a nuanced account of the people behind them, across the political spectrum. Delving into the circumstances that help these ideas take hold, Merlan cites the lack of a social safety net, inadequate education, bitter culture wars, and years of economic insecurity that make people feel forgotten by their government and even besieged by it. In this eye-opening account, Merlan also profiles the politicians and conspiracy-peddlers who have fanned the flames of suspicion to serve their own ends.