books about: propaganda
Brave New World Revisited (P.S.)
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
The Inner Workings of Our Society and Political System
To me this book which is an essay on "A Brave New World" ends up being in my opinion one of the most important literary pieces of all the Huxley books. He explains the mind control and political slavery mechanisms that were taking place over 50 years ago! Imagine now where it is? This book is a must read for anyone interested in maintaining some level of democracy.
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
Simon & Schuster, 2008
Roald Dahl before the children's books
If you have kids or grandkids you probably know Roald Dahl as the writer of children's books. Among his best known are James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda, all of which have been made into movies of varying quality. The books, however, all hold to a high standard. But this book is not about Roald Dahl, the writer of children's books and silly poems. This ...
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Edward S. Herman
The Creel Committee, the corporate media, and systematic deceit: Manufacturing Consent
"They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them of their blindness." (John Milton; from epigraph to Manufacturing Consent). In 1917, Woodrow Wilson established an independent agency, known variously as the Committee on Public Information (CPI) and the Creel Committee, whose purpose was to control public opinion in the US with an eye towards generating support for the war effort in ...
Ig Publishing, 1935
A seminal work....
Despite some spelling errors, this is one of those books that helps one put things together, if one is predisposed to such things. The book is also instructive in that it shows how far advertising and public relations has veered from ethics. I recommend this book.
9 reviews, 2010
The future? I hope not.
"The Book" is set in the future where all reading is done on an electronic reading device - not unlike the Kindle I used to read it myself. Others have compared it to Orwell's "1984" and Bradbury's "Farenheit 451" (which figures into the plot). The comparisons are both obvious and apt because these two classics share some of the same themes of government control, censorship, and the importance of ...
24 reviews, 2009
Great Space Epic
This story is in the genre of Space Opera, or even what is now called YA, though when Piper wrote it was most likely called Juvenile Fiction. It stays in print, people buy it, people reread it. I have read it virtually every other year for nearly thirty years. Not that it is great literature, but that it is a fun read. There are bad guys and good guys, quests, and evil deeds. Along the way we ...
Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
Open Media, 1991
This was one of the most insightful and concise books on media studies I have had the pleasure of reading
The Hidden Persuaders
You're right, they are controlling and manipulating you
Most of us realize that we are being influenced all the time. What most of us don't realize is just how much we are controlled and influenced. The Hidden Persuaders will describe to you the early efforts made to understand, control and influence people in the name of consumerism and control. This book should scare you, especially when you stop and think about how much more refined the methods ...
Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World
Yale University Press, 2009
The Nazi roots of anti-Zionist propaganda
A comprehensive and pivotal work detailing the dissemination of propaganda from Nazi Germany into the Middle East and north Africa during the Second World War, and the development that this had on Arab and Islamic anti-Semitism/Anti-Zionism to this very day. During the Second World War Nazi Germany circulated millions of printed leaflets and broadcast thousands of hours of shortwave radio ...
Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
Ellul has written a marvelous volume on the topic of propaganda. He has covered every aspect of this political socialization machine that has been impregnating, manipulating, and corrupting our society with pseudo-ideologies, education, and attitudes in order to perpetuate complete control over the people by the elites and the propaganda masters. Individualism, ideology, myth, literacy, and ...
Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death
Joseph Goebbles personifies racial hatred and Roger Manvill brings this out A reader should read his books on Goring and Himmler to see how such warped thinkiing that one race is superior to another leads to a lack of vision which ultimitily to ones downfall.Goebbles physical characteristics are so far from the ideal "nordic type" its a wonder the others didn't subject him to "Racial ...
The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
A different analysis of North Korea
There's probably more analysis of the sexual politics and iconography of North Korea than most folks need, but even so, this is an important contribution to understanding the weirdness above the 38th parallel. I would recommend a variety of books to read to try to understand North Korea, but this is an especially important book for really taking in the mythologies of North Korea and understanding ...
Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion
Everything you know is wrong
I used to laboriously collect information I found on media influence. Age of Propaganda contains such a vast array of examples of the deplorable use of propaganda; arguably the cause of many of our woes as a society, that I now rely heavily on this book for research. The chapters Words of Influence and Pictures in Our Heads are worth the price of the book alone. But it goes much further than ...
Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History
St. Martin's Griffin
As one of the most effective and powerful forms of communication, it comes as no surprise that comic art has been misappropriated by governments, self-interest groups, do-gooders, and sinister organizations to spread their message. World War II comic book propaganda-with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans-was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war ...
The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich
Oxford University Press, USA
Kershaw is probably more famous now for his two part bio of Hitler, but he wrote this book around 1980 and it is still one of the best works on how propaganda painted a picture of the Fuhrer. What one finds out through reading this book is a glmpse into everyday life for Germans, how propaganda kept Hitler's popularity up despite the popularity of the Nazi Party declining, and how propaganda ...
All Art Is Propaganda
Provides Orwell's reflections on a range of critical topics from literature to art
George Orwell was a fine essayist and successful critic, discussing art and literature with equal ability and ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA: CRITICAL ESSAYS is a key recommendation for all kinds of libraries, from college-level collections strong in literature and social observation to collection also strong in art criticism. It's the latter that should especially consider ALL ART IS PROPAGANDA: it ...
North Korean Posters: The David Heather Collection
Koen De Ceuster
The other world
Hello: This incredible North Korean Propaganda Posters's Compilation is awesome! Hundreds of posters showing the everyday normal life slogans, the insane hate to the United States and the obsolete beliefs of such an out-of-time society. Sometimes, while I was watching the posters, I was thinkig that North Korea is the most radical communist country in the world, so the posters are. They, ...
Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War
Oxford University Press, USA, 1989
Fussell seeks to "balance the scales."
I first learned of Paul Fussell when I read his book entitled "Class: A Guide through the American Status System." It was there that I first encountered his sardonic wit and his superb eye for the ironic and absurd. He brings the same to Wartime, but in a more personal way, since it is his own service as an infantry officer in Europe in WWII that informs his perceptions. Throughout the book ...
Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich
Oxford University Press, USA, 1991
Absorbing and Thoughtful Book On Eastern Front!
One of the most troubling and horrific aspects of the four-year long Eastern campaign begun in June 1941 by the Germans is the effect it had on their soldiers, who were pounded mercilessly by the evolving circumstances of the battle month after month along a thousand mile front. When that front gradually turned into a quicksilver panorama of different conflicts in quick succession over a variety ...
Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed
Regnery Press, 2008
Exploding watermelons cause global panic
Until a week ago, this book could have been (and was) dismissed as "denial." The "scientific truth," we were told, lay in the hands of "peer-reviewed climate science." Oops. (That may be the biggest "oops" in the history of science.) Climategate is upon us. The world has suddenly been handed hard evidence that the whole theory of AGW is not "science as usual," but a tidy bit of ...
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