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  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Octagon Press Ltd (31 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883536227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883536220
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,380,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Morris on 18 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
a fantastic book that focuses primarly on the methods used on American POW in Korea, the methods of indoctrination and the various strategies used to bring the POW's to breaking point.
The book is well referenced and will initiate other avenues of research but it is in no way shallow in its references and provides sufficent information for the reader to understand how it is relevant.

Recommended as an interesting starting point to further research as it contains all the relevant references to start an broad journey into this interesting subject.

Before you ask....

(in a monotone voice) "I was not brainwashed into leaving this review and the author is in no way responsible"
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4 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ruus on 2 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I think the term brainwashing always been a mysterium for me. I never got any real fact about it, only heard about it in the movies. This is a good book for those that wonder about the human brain and whats true and whats not when it comes to brainwashing.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Good overview, nothing else 12 April 2003
By HappyDaze11 - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am interested in mind control and this came recommended as a good book on the subject. However this book is one long history of research into mind control. The book begins with a general description of the first case of actual mind control as performed on American POW's in Korea, where many were so brainwashed that they openly embraced their captors and communism. It was at this point, the author claims, that it was realized that mind control could occur.
It is from this watershed event, and the data collected therefrom, that all current study of brainwashing and mind control stem. The author then surveys the Pavlov dog experiments, animal research, various large scale experiments involving humans where unbelievable counter intuitive results occur. This book is worth its price just to read about these studies into things like 'the gun effect' where people were actually mroe aggressive to an armed motorist getting stuck on a highway then to an unarmed one.
All in all, this is a general study, somewhat outdated, and is written from English points of view. This is a book you can start with, and then use its extensive bibliography to explore areas that interest you more closely.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Man as a species is creative because `no man is an island' 3 July 2005
By Tom Gray - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is concerned with brainwashing. However instead of concentrating on the specifics of the techniques used, it presents and analyzes why brainwashing and other forms of conversion are possible. The book extensively quotes from Sargent's seminal studies reported in "Battle for the Mind". Sargent showed how brainwashing and conversion can be traced to a physiological strategy used by the brain to cope with stress. Sargent's insights into this are conclusive but he does to address the question of why this strategy was chosen by evolution and to what purposes it is used. Winn presents results from psychology to show the reasons why as she quotes ' man is a rationalizing animal.' Winn shows how man as a social animal is tuned to adapt to the reality as others find it. Man, as opposed to other animals, has the potential to learn from others and so gives great significance to the knowledge that he finds implicit in the behaviors of others.

Winn's book is a distillation of the research of others. She presents Sargent's ideas but deepens them by putting them in a broader psychological and social perspective. She does not explicitly state this but her book presents the reasons why the capacity for conversion or brainwashing is evolutionarily advantageous. It is a trait that provides us with capacity to create society. Man as a species is creative because `no man is an island'.

This is an excellent book that is well worth reading.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Readable and Informative. This is not simply a text book. 23 Feb. 2000
By Alan Brown - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An extremely engaging book. It is very well written for the layman and on a subject that should interest us all. Experts in psychology that have a genuine talent for writing are rare and I have no hesitation in recommending this book unreservedly.
It takes as its theme, the 'brainwashing' of American soldiers in the korean war, but relates the 'techniques' to influences which operate on us all in our every day life to varying degrees, to influence our thoughts.
An important, but also entertaining book. Two thumbs up! :)
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
excellent book! 11 May 2001
By "csteven9" - Published on
Format: Paperback
I thought this book did a good job of conveying the info in a rational manner without overhyping the findings. I would recommend Sargents book "the battle for the mind" also, to those who are interested.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding! Rational and Clear - a must read about Media 15 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
A very clear and well written study of the various means that the media uses to manipulate and control the mass 'thinking' and behavior. I read the original hardcover (used) and now that there is an updated paperback I am ordering it. Very rational investigation by a media reporter, well cited and referenced and a pleasant eye-opening reading. Should be required reading for all poly sci, media, and psych majors.
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