Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control Hardcover – 29 Jun 2006
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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
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'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
The sometimes shocking, always fascinating history of brainwashing, from the bestselling author of COCAINE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Well researched, even if some of the material makes harrowing reading. An important bookPublished 2 months ago by Sarah Jeffery
As the title suggests - mind control - illuminating if disturbing reading but A real eye opener! .Published 17 months ago by Mr. J. Russel
Product arrived within schedule well packaged, undamaged and as described. An interesting read and a well written perspective.Published 20 months ago by cm
Interesting read. Well written and from what I can ascertain historically accurate, especially in light of recent CIA publicity.Published 20 months ago by OKB