I’m hoping some of my readers can help me out. I am teaching a course on conspiracy theories in United States history next spring, and I’m looking for suggestions for an assignment. I am going to require students to read a novel centered on a conspiracy theory. Examples include conspiracy theories involving end times theology, the New World Order, and the Freemasons, to name only three

So far, my list looks like this:

James BeauSeigneur, In His Image

Glenn Beck, The Overton Window

Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

Orson Scott Card, Empire

Michael Crichton, State of Fear

Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, Left Behind

Pat Robertson, The End of the Age

Joel C. Rosenberg, The Last Jihad

I’m interested in any suggestions, but I’m especially interested in finding novels that focus on Area 51/extraterrestials and African American conspiracy theories reagarding drugs/AIDS.

If you have suggestions, please comment below, e-mail them to my university address, post them on the blog’s Facebook page, or tweet them to me @markcheathem.

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