Jesse Walker: The United States of Paranoia

The Ivy Bookshop

Jesse Walker discusses his history of American conspiracy theories, in conversation with Thomas F. Schaller.


By The Author

The United States of Paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror.

The fear of intrigue and subversion doesn't exist only on the fringes of society, but has always been part of our national identity. When such tales take hold, Jesse Walker argues, they reflect the anxieties and experiences of the people who believe them, even if they say nothing true about the objects of the theories themselves. With intensive research and a deadpan sense of humor, Walker combines the rigor of real history with the punch of pulp fiction.


Jesse Walker is books editor at Reason magazine and the author of Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters.

Thomas F. Schaller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South. He writes a weekly political column for The Baltimore Sun.






Event Details

Time & DATE
Start: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 7:00pm
End: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 8:30pm



The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
United States