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Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control Hardcover – 29 Jun 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1st Edition edition (29 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034092103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340921036
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 922,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Admirably researched and wonderfully astute... an addictive concoction of esoteric detail and serious debate.' -- Guardian on COCAINE

'An extraordinary book' -- Andrew Marr, Start the Week

'Fascinating, funny and brilliantly told.' -- Big Issue on COCAINE

'Gripping' -- Time Out

'Marvellously engrossing. . . Streatfield's narrative control cannot be faulted.' -- Sunday Times

'Streatfield does an important service by bringing this curious phase to our attention again . . . Vivid' -- Financial Times

'[A] meticulously researched and superbly readable study' -- Daily Telegraph

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The sometimes shocking, always fascinating history of brainwashing, from the bestselling author of COCAINE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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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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By . on 31 July 2013
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whether this is all true or not.....im starting to believe this HAS and IS going on....in 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 law......us 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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...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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The author made a very impressive research and interviewed a massive quantity of people.
Although sometimes the book seems to stray a bit from the main topic, it always stays very compelling.
To be honest, I was skeptical but this book won me over.
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Excellent book. All the information you need to alter the state of any nation to create your own master race. Great tips on a variety of mental torture techniques that will make the general population putty in your hands. I particularly like the Russian & Korean techniques....these guys know how to get the truth out of you and admit to crimes you haven't even commited (but you think you have - Amazing!). Couldn't believe the CIA were responsible for the influx of LSD into modern day society...(oh hold on, forgot that US pharmaceutical companies wouldn't make any money if they couldn't sell pills and potions to cure all the poor affected souls who took the drug). All in all an enjoyable read, well written and researched. Can't wait to put the theories into practice ready for my own master race creation. Any volunteers please get in touch!
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A very well resourced work with an excellent conclusion that de-constructs the entire subject and its assimilation into the collective culture and understanding of the subject.
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This is an interesting book about mind control and the various military and political agencies involved in its development and application. A fascinating read that combines well-researched information with critical analysis. Could have been made more accessible for the general reader and could have been made less sensational. Nonetheless well worth a look.
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