Tracing the origin, ethos and workings of modern propaganda, this
book contains essays, by scholars such as Hans Speier, C. Wright
Mills and Walter Lippmann, exploring the social and institutional
groundwork of modern propaganda. It then examines the axial age of
propaganda, from World War I through the Cold War, focusing on key
propaganda organizations, such as the Committee on Public
Information, the Nazi propaganda machine and the group of Hollywood
directors that produced propaganda films for the armed services
during World War II. This section also details the wizardry of the
master propagandist, Joseph Goebbels. Finally the volume examines
the ubiquity of propaganda in contemporary society, with essays on
bureaucratic propaganda, advertising, public relations and politics
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