They Knew: How A Culture Of Conspiracy Keeps America Complacent

September 13, 2022|
They Knew: How A Culture Of Conspiracy Keeps America Complacent by Sarah Kendzior
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In They Knew, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Kendzior explores the United States’ “culture of conspiracy,” putting forth a timely and unflinching argument: uncritical faith in broken institutions is as dangerous as false narratives peddled by propagandists. Conspiracy theories are on the rise because officials refuse to enforce accountability for real conspiracies.

“The pathos of truth-seeking left me thinking of Herman Melville. I can't remember the last time I read a book where every sentence delivered."—Timothy Snyder

The truth may hurt—but the lies will kill us.


They Knew discusses conspiracy culture in a rapidly declining United States struggling with corruption, climate change, and other crises. As the actions of the powerful remain shrouded in mystery—like the Jeffrey Epstein operation—it is unsurprising that people turn to conspiracy theories to fill the informational void. They Knew exposes the tactics these powerful actors use to placate an inquisitive public.

In Kendzior’s signature whip smart prose and eviscerating arguments, They Knew unearths decades of buried American history, providing an essential and critical look at how to rebuild our democracy by confronting the political lies and crimes that have shaped us.

Sarah Kendzior is the New York Times bestselling author of Hiding in Plain Sight and The View from Flyover Country. She has a PhD in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she researched propaganda and state crimes in authoritarian regimes. She is the co-host of the acclaimed podcast Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalu...
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Title:They Knew: How A Culture Of Conspiracy Keeps America Complacent
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9.5 X 6.5 X 1.05 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.5 X 6.5 X 1.05 in
Published:September 13, 2022
Publisher:Flatiron Books
Language:English
ISBN - 13:9781250210722

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