Are Conspiracy Theories All Bad?

The United States has a long tradition of conspiracy theories – a reflection of a widespread suspicion of powerful groups secretly undermining democratic society.

Though some are fueled by discrepancies in the official accounts of certain events, many conspiracy theories persist despite strong evidence to the contrary. Why is there such a strong predilection toward these narratives? What role does this kind of skepticism play in society?

Read the discussion here.

David Baldacci: By the Book

The author, most recently, of “The Escape” was a library rat growing up: “Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas.” Read the full interview here.

David Baldacci on THE ESCAPE

David Baldacci’s new thriller, The Escape, opens with an inmate making a break from an escape-proof military prison, the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Baldacci isn’t entirely sure what soldiers stationed at the DB will think of the premise. Read the full interview here.

Book review: The Escape

David Baldacci’s new thriller, “The Escape,” opens with a scene that takes readers from zero to 60 in six pages. Read the full review here.