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They knew : how a culture of conspiracy keeps America complacent  Cover Image Book Book

They knew : how a culture of conspiracy keeps America complacent / Sarah Kendzior.

Kendzior, Sarah, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250210722
  • ISBN: 1250210720
  • Physical Description: 237 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date and paging may vary.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Deaths of Deception -- Theories of Conspiracy -- Epstein Wasn't the First -- The Cult of the Criminal Elite -- Savior Syndrome and Normalcy Bias -- Memory-Holing a Coup -- America Is Purple, Like a Bruise -- The Octopus -- Epilogue: An American Ghost.
Summary, etc.:
"The truth may hurt-but the lies will kill us. In They Knew, New York Times best-selling 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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Conspiracy theories > United States.
Social conflict > United States > History > 21st century.
United States > Social conditions > 21st century.
United States > Politics and government > 21st century.

Available copies

  • 2 of 8 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 3 current holds with 8 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 303.60973 KENDZIOR 2022 (Text) 0001012485874 Nonfiction New Checked out 10/13/2022

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