New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah Kendzior

How a Culture of Conspiracy
Keeps America Complacent

They Knew

They Knew by Sarah Kendzior

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

They Knew exposes the United States’ “culture of conspiracy.” As the actions of the powerful remain shrouded in mystery, it is unsurprising that people turn to conspiracy theories to fill the informational void. But tactics by powerful actors have been taken to placate the inquisitive public. 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.

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, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny
Deftly dissects the tangled truths behind the conspiracies that intertwine American and international politics, business, and criminality with a style reminiscent of Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill or Bob Woodward’s recent books . . . Kendzior’s compelling and urgent prose will speak to readers who are working to make sense of the current political and social landscapes. Booklist

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About the Author

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Sarah Kendzior is the New York Times bestselling author of Hiding in Plain Sight and The View from Flyover Country. She is known for her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states. She is the co-host of the acclaimed podcast Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and was named by Foreign Policy as one of the “100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events.” Her reporting has been featured in many publications, including Politico, Slate, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, TeenVogue, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times. She lives in St. Louis.

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