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Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control [Paperback]

Dominic Streatfeild
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23 Aug 2007

- What would it take to turn YOU into a suicide bomber?

- Do heavy metal LPs contain subliminal messages?

- What was MI6 doing with LSD in the 1950s?

- Does the Unification Church brainwash recruits?

- Is The Manchurian Candidate fact or fiction?

- Is it possible to erase memories, or to implant them artificially?

- How would YOU interrogate a member of Al Qaeda?

With access to formerly classified documentation and interviewees from MI5, MI6, the CIA, the US Army and British Intelligence Corps, BRAINWASH traces the evolution of the world's most secret psychological procedure, from its origins in the Cold War to the height of today's war on terror.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340831618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340831618
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary book' (Andrew Marr, Start the Week)

'Gripping' - 5 out of 6 stars (Time Out)

Meticulously researched and superbly readable (Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Daily Telegraph)

'Streatfield does an important service by bringing this curious phase to our attention again. Vivid descriptions of key moments in the story are interspersed with analysis.' (Christopher Sylvesters, Financial Times)

'Marvellously engrossing . . . Streatfield's narrative control cannot be faulted. You know where every story is going, but how it gets there is always a thrill. His research is formidable.' (Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times)

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The sometimes shocking, always fascinating history of brainwashing, from the bestselling author of COCAINE

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, compulsive reading. 20 April 2010
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A great book detailing this history of brainwashing from various means including military experiments with hypnosis and LSD, religious cults, hidden messages in heavy metal albums, right up to modern interrogation techniques.
No pie-in-the-sky conspiracy theories here, this book is based on factual accounts and is excellently researched.

It's written in an accessible, easy-to-read style and is what used to be deemed a "page turner".
If you have an interest in this subject, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side 11 Feb 2009
This is an excellent, if somewhat disturbing, book. It covers the full gamut of techniques used to subvert the human will, ranging from inducing chemical imbalance through stressing (wall standing, hooding and malnutrition), sensory deprivation, hypnosis, subliminal messaging, socialisation and various forms of mind control. These techniques are used to induce "disordered brain function" at which point individuals can be manipulated and reprogrammed into a new belief system.

Case studies include the activities of large corporations in advertising their products, the Moonies, KGB methods of inducing false confessions from innocent people - and the use of such methods against the IRA (which the IRA promptly used against those it tortured).

In the case of the CIA they employed William Sargeant and Ewan Cameron (both now dead) on the MKULTRA project before becoming disillusioned with the results after the pair had destroyed the health, memories and lives of countless patients. President Ford later destroyed many of the papers relating to the project and forbade the use of such techniques in the future.

The most despicable aspect of the project was that it was carried out by scientists who willingly used and abused other human beings in the name of science. That the battle for the mind was fought in a free society by anything other than rational debate should concern everyone. Cameron accused Nazi medics of things he himself did, Sergeant sought to denigrate religion by claiming he used similar methods as that of evangelists.

Although the crude techniques used to produce the Soviet show trials of the 1930's are more sophisticated today they are still in use by governments around the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 27 Dec 2013
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bought this book as a gift and it was well received. I think I got it second hand but it was in excellent condition. it is a good book for anyone interested in conspiracy theory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story 31 July 2013
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whether this is all true or starting to believe this HAS and IS going all truth it makes me angry that these "elite devil worshippers " think we are below them, and they do as they want, are above the the real people need to do something about these cretins....this is a scary read, but sadly i feel it isnt fiction, its happening
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a conspiracy theory... 17 July 2007
...because you certainly won't find one here. Dominic Streatfeild has his head firmly screwed on and his feet on the ground. This book is a detailed history of all orms of mind control, and their use, from the interrigation methods of the KGB to the alleged problems of heavy metal in the 1980s, Streatfeild has covered it all. I would strongly reccoment this book to anyone, you won't be disappointed.
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