A Culture of Conspiracy

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A Culture of Conspiracy
File:Cover - Culture of Conspiracy - Michael Barkun.jpg
Cover, featuring the "Eye of Providence" on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States, which appears on the United States one-dollar bill.
Author Michael Barkun
Country United States
Published 2003 (University of California Press; 1st edition)
Pages 255
ISBN 0-520-23805-2
OCLC 51305869
Preceded by Religion and the Racist Right
Followed by Chasing Phantoms

A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America is a 2003 non-fiction book written by Michael Barkun, professor emeritus of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.[1]

Its publisher, the University of California Press, and scholarly critics[which?] describe the book as the most comprehensive and authoritative examination of contemporary American conspiracism to date by a leading expert on the subject.


Along with the Internet playing a key role in introducing individuals to beliefs once consigned to the outermost fringe of American political and religious life, Barkun points to the convergence of two phenomena that influences contemporary American conspiracism:

Release details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (November 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 978-0-520-23805-3
  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 978-0-520-24812-0


In a February 2004 review,[2] writer and political blogger Daniel Pipes wrote:

Some people believe in the lost continent of Atlantis and in unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Others worry about an 18th-century secret society called the Bavarian Illuminati or a mythical Zionist-Occupied Government secretly running the United States. What if these disparate elements shared beliefs, joined forces, won a much larger audience, broke out of their intellectual and political ghetto, and became capable of challenging the premises of public life in the United States? This is the frightening prospect, soberly presented by Michael Barkun in his important, just-published book.

See also



  1. Barkun, Michael (2003). A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. University of California Press; 1 edition. ISBN 0-520-23805-2. 
  2. Pipes, Daniel (2004). "[Michael Barkun on] Old Conspiracies, New Beliefs". Retrieved 2009-09-14. 

External links

Chapter 5: [2]