Science of Coercion: Communication Research & Psychological Warfare, 1945–1960 (Forbidden Bookshelf)

Science of Coercion: Communication Research & Psychological Warfare, 1945–1960 (Forbidden Bookshelf)

Christopher Simpson


A provocative and eye-opening examine of the basic function the united states army and the vital Intelligence company performed within the development of verbal exchange stories throughout the chilly conflict period, now with a brand new advent via Robert W. McChesney and a brand new preface through the author

Since the mid-twentieth century, the good advances in our wisdom concerning the premier tools of mass communique and persuasion were seen in quite a lot of expert fields, together with journalism, advertising and marketing, public kinfolk, interrogation, and public opinion reports. even though, the beginning of the fashionable technology of mass communique had astonishing and a bit of troubling midwives: the army and covert intelligence hands of the U.S. government.

In this attention-grabbing learn, writer Christopher Simpson makes use of long-classified files from the Pentagon, the CIA, and different nationwide defense enterprises to illustrate how this doubtless benign social technological know-how grew at once out of mystery government-funded study into mental battle. It finds that some of the most dear pioneers within the box of conversation technology have been knowingly complicit in America’s chilly struggle efforts, despite their own politics or person moralities, and that their findings on mass communique have been finally hired for the needs of propaganda, subversion, intimidation, and counterinsurgency.

An vital, thought-provoking paintings, Science of Coercion shines a blazing mild right into a hitherto distant and shadowy nook of chilly struggle history.

“An interesting photo of the family members among nation strength and the highbrow community.” —Noam Chomsky

“An unique and critical contribution.” —Science journal

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