In Conspiracy U, Shay presents a case study of his alma mater, Northwestern University, in order to challenge the proliferation of anti-Zionist conspiracy theories championed on college campuses by both the far-right and far-left.
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Yossi Klein Halevi
Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
"Scott Shay has written a courageous and compelling critique of the ways that anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have taken root in parts of academia. While focusing on Northwestern University—the beloved alma mater of us both—he could just as well have written about any major American campus. The liberal spirit, indispensable to the modern Jewish success story, is under sustained assault from right and left. This book is a powerful guide to helping us push back."
President, America China Public Affairs Institute
"This book is a wake-up call to all of us, whether we are Jewish or not. The author methodically lays out the threat of Conspiracy Theories. We should all learn the lessons from this book. In today's world, too much distortion of facts has been done, with Conspiracy Theories as the weapon of choice. Hopefully the Golden Rule of 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' will be the shining light and overcome the darkness."
Former Congressman, D-MA
"This is a thoughtful book which I recommend, while noting my disagreement with some of its conclusions. Scott Shay presents extensive evidence of increasing anti-Semitic attacks in America. While I believe that the overall situation is less ominous that he does—I strongly differ from his discussion of Jews and 'whiteness'—those committed to combating prejudice in America will benefit from understanding why he, as a Jew who has worked hard to promote mutual respect among all sectors of our society, has come to feel as he does."
Walt "Clyde" Frazier
NBA Legend and Basketball Hall of Fame Member
"Scott Shay has written a book that is compelling and telling. Shay is a much-needed referee calling fouls on professors who aren't playing by the rules."
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
President, Union for Reform Judaism
"Though the assault on truth and the proliferation of conspiracy theories are not new in the long course of history, the unique issues on today's college campuses require thoughtful analysis. Scott Shay's new book Conspiracy U provides that and more, offering prescriptions for tackling this challenge that speaks to who we are as a people and who we will be as today's students become tomorrow's leaders."
President and CEO, Democratic Majority for Israel
"Conspiracy U is at once moving and maddening while inviting thinking and motivating action. Shay carefully dissects the anti-Zionist antisemitism of the far left and far right, finding frightening points of convergence and demonstrating that much of anti-Israelism is just plain anti-Semitism. This is a must-read not just for those interested in Israel but for anyone trying to understand the broad cross currents that are buffeting society."