Rocked by assassinations and sneak attacks, roiled by political intrigues, economic gyrations, and witch-hunts of all kinds, America has seen its worst nightmares come true time and again. No wonder it is such a hotbed of conspiracy fears-some limited to the paranoid fringe, some accepted by the mainstream, some all too well founded.
Peter Knight, PhD, is a lecturer in American studies at the University of Manchester, Manchester, England.
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