Colin Dickey’s “Under the Eye of Power”

By LARB Radio HourSeptember 8, 2023

Colin Dickey’s “Under the Eye of Power”
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Colin Dickey joins Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher to discuss his latest book, Under the Eye of Power, in which he charts the history of America through its fear of secret societies, like the Illuminati and the Freemasons, as well as the enduring cultures of conspiracy theories that spring up around these shadowy clubs. Colin posits that our national belief in the fantastical and conspiratorial is the slave we reach for in view of the chaos and randomness of history, the rising and falling fortunes of Americans, and the messiness of our democracy. Only by seeing the cyclical nature of our national obsession with secret societies and conspiracies–one that no doubt resounds for many listeners right now–can we break its grip on our society, politics, and culture.

Also, Maya Binyam, author of Hangman, returns to recommend The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon.

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