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Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy…
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Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise… (original: 2019; edição: 2019)

de Anna Merlan (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power
Autores:Anna Merlan (Autor)
Informação:Metropolitan Books (2019), 288 pages
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Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power de Anna Merlan (2019)

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I did not realize that I did not review this book. At least not on LT. I really thought I did, cause I felt so strongly about it. I will admit upfront that I could not finish the book, which I believe is only a 2nd time event. Reading the promo on the Early Readers' List, had me looking forward very much to the book. I was really excited to read what I thought would be an unbiased expose on conspiracy theories in the US and those behind them. Instead the book is written by someone who was and is completely biased against all individuals that she has decided are "crazies" with a lot more biased titles thrown in. From what little of the book I could stomach through she thinks that ONLY network journalists are honest and truthful, which recent history has shown differently. She wrote the book for the sole purpose of doing as much damage to any blogger or vlogger that she deems to be different in opinion and point of view. Those that she attacked that were white she held nothing back in insulting and belittling. Those that she had to attack cause they were caught in her same broad net that were not white, she insulted as well in a depreciative manner, by allowing them the history of how government agencies have treated them in the past, thus basically reducing their beliefs and work to a naturally expected result of fear and anger, thus completely disregarding their ability to research and form their own ideas and opinions without it being all about historic grievances.

If you have never actually listened to any of the independent reporters that are covered in the work, and if you have a strong general opinion that anyone that challenges the status quo is a crack-pot conspiracy theorist then you will love the fact that is book totally supports your opinion and you can stand stronger in your unresearched judgement of those that are different from you. However, if you believe that everyone has the right to speak their thoughts and opinions and ideas, even if they differ a little or a lot from yours, and were hoping to have a read focused on how America lost having the most accurate and respected press corp to being the biggest joke in the press world, you will not find it on these pages, so look elsewhere. ( )
  CassiMerten | Apr 12, 2021 |
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I received an ARC of this book through the Early Reviewers program. As a result there were numerous typographical errors that hopefully were corrected before the book was published.

The scope of conspiracy theory is so broad that it is not surprising that the organization of the book seemed diffuse and disjointed. Merlan gives broad summaries of mostly well-known conspiracy theories with some history and backgrounds of key figures interspersed with her interactions with them. She also attempts to provide some insight into the factors underlying them. Despite her attempts to provide some depth, however, this remains mostly an overview of the area. ( )
  ronincats | Sep 29, 2019 |
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It's hard to read, just like Amy Siskind, or Rebecca Solnit, or any other writer exposing just how outrageous some parts of society are, and how much social and political power these elements can have. This covers most of the current conspiracy theories, including deliberate destruction of New Orleans levees, Pizzagate, liberal responsibility for the Boston marathon bombing, and many more. The players are Alex Jones, the KKK, but even more they are everyday people; their demons are Jews, African Americans, recent immigrants, and liberal political figures.
  LeesyLou | Jul 8, 2019 |
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Why do Americans believe such crazy things? Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power doesn't just summarize all of American's crazy beliefs, it spends time diving in to each one in an attempt to explain why these beliefs are so appealing to us, and why people keep falling for ideas that have been completely and thoroughly shown to be false. It's amazing to me, as a science oriented person, that people completely believe that all the scientists and researchers in the world are conspiring together to push a 'false' world view that evolution is real, climate change is real, ancient aliens aren't real, vaccines are safe, and on and on and on. Anyone who has ever attended any sort of engineering or scientific conference will quickly understand that a lot of these scientists and researchers are in competition with each other, and many times really hate each other, and would love nothing more than to prove their colleagues wrong. And this is exactly how and why science progresses towards the truth.

(Note: this book was provided to me by the publisher as a LibraryThing early reviewer.) ( )
  lpg3d | Jul 1, 2019 |
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This book was fine, a catalog of the usual suspects which show up in these types of books but with more contemporary examples, ufos, Hurricane Katrina theories, 9/11 truthers, etc. etc. But for some reason when it came to the current debates going on in the US the author decided to take a "both sides" approach, with "Russia may have colluded with Trump" given equal time with "Trump is actually leading a secret charge to unmask all the pedophiles in public life." Louise Mensch is held up as the liberals' conspiracy theorist while Rush Limbaugh is quoted as a conservative example, as if they have similar reach.

As I'm writing this review after hearing the news that the Supreme Court just allowed partisan gerrymanding to be standard operating procedure throughout the land, I find it a bit difficult to stomach the "both sides" approach.

Read Kevin Young's BUNK instead. ( )
  waitingtoderail | Jun 27, 2019 |
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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.

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