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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719067677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719067679
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.1 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philip M. Taylor is Professor of International Communications at the University of Leeds

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2003
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This book offers a fascinating discussion of how people have sought to influence others over the ages. As such, it can be read as an interesting take on the history of the world in its own right! The updated material on the Second Gulf War and the post September 11th world certainly adds a lot to this new edition.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 17 Jan. 2007
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What makes this book an interesting read is the method by which it goes from one time period to another, exploring how propaganda and the technologies of the time werte used. It gives a rare incite into the cause and effect for various time periods

Each chapter is self contained therefore if you need quick information about a specific time period this boo9k is idea.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By London23 on 6 July 2013
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An excellent book on propaganda through the ages. Great sources used by P Taylor. A great historian on propaganda history.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Blythen on 14 Oct. 2011
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A good interesting book. I think the title should be A History of War Propaganda though....as the author concentrates on the wars through history and how males have been pushed into fighting for other peoples causes.
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An Undergraduate's Perspective 12 Jun. 2005
By Mark Twain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As an undergraudate studying a Propaganda course at Durham University, the book was invaluable. For everyone on the course, it was the unofficial textbook.

The key to its success is its masterful combination of bredth and depth. It illuminates critical issues well with examples giving a lively history of propaganda throughout. It also never isolates propaganda from the wider context.

I paid particular attention to the Second World War chapter, which was a bit thin on Soviet Propaganda and gave too many lists (esp. of films) but was overall a wonderful chapter. The chapter on the Gulf War was also especially good.

My only criticisms would be that it needs more awareness of the metholodigical issues for the propaganda historian and more on Vietnam given its significance as the first mass television war. Could also do with some more pictures given its emphasis on visual propaganda.

Thanks for a splendid book and a great website accessible through Leeds University School of Communication.

Joe
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An excellent survey of Western history and propaganda 7 May 1998
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"Munitions of the Mind" is a broad survey of propaganda and its use through history. Perhaps the one book of its kind, "Munitions of the Mind" takes the reader from early Western civilization to the Gulf War, briefly describing how propaganda was used to promote military and political goals of empires, democracies, and ideologies across the eons.
The book is an excellent basic resource for those seeking to understand how propaganda has been used through history. Clearly and insightfully written, it forces the reader to think about how emerging media may be used by entities to promote their goals.
The book contains some minor irritations, such as its references to Margaret Mead's somewhat controversial "Coming of Age in Samoa," and a section on the Cold War that appeared (to this reader) to place both sides on equal moral footing. This reviewer also hungered for more details on peacetime propaganda, more pre-20th century examples, and the an explanation about how modern marketing techniques affected propaganda. The non-Western world is virtually ignored. Visuals would have also helped the reader understand how graphics are used in conveying ideas without words. However, these are small problems in a work of such amazing scope and interest.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More a History of Recruitment 18 Sept. 2009
By Paul A. Escajadillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While the book was exceptionally well written for academia in the Queen's English, its ability to fully interest a layperson was unfortunately lacking. Additionally, the book seemed overtly preoccupied with the propaganda of recruitment by different nations and armed forces throughout history rather than the propaganda wars that reached a zenith during World War II.

Little mention is made of psychological warfare/operations, which is what I thought the book would concentrate on.

Overall, a good book but not what I personally expected.
THe Best Book on the Topic 22 Mar. 2013
By Jess K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this as a primary reference for my Graduate monograph. This is an outstanding book, the best in its field. It was written from a British perspective, and I would have liked to see something from the American perspective. It did make some references to American techniques as well, particularly concerning WWII and Hollywood. In all, a very good book.
Five Stars 30 July 2014
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
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In a very good condition!
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