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Persuasive Images: Posters of War and Revolution from the Hoover Archives Hardcover – 13 Sep 1992


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Honorable Mention for the 1993 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in the Arts, Association of American Publishers Award


"One of the most important American collections of visual propaganda.... to display the Hoover Institution's vast holdings is a service to anyone interested in 20th-century propaganda."--The New York Times Book Review



"These 300 full-color reproductions still rekindle the emotions of their stormy times."--Booklist



"As a study in the power of images, this book is hard to match. Just to thumb through it can be gripping."--San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind 29 Jan. 2000
By Michael C Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Persuasive Images is a visually stunning book. No other book comes close in terms of quality or, for that matter, quantity.
Viewed purely as an art book, it's a must-have. As a history book, it's jaw-droppingly intriguing. I have never found a book, website, or museum collection as appealing and thought-provoking as you will find in this book.
I teach high school -- I have had students stay 3 hours after school just to pore over the pages of this book. It's that good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful graphic images that appear cutting edge today. . . 14 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was extremely pleased with this book. . .I was looking for images and I was not disappointed. From humorous to chilling it's filled with tremendously powerful works. . .many of which are as vivid and visceral now as I'm sure they were then. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Politics of Art & The Art of Politics 7 Nov. 2008
By Theseus - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant.

The dustjacket flap explains things rather well: "This book treats the poster both as art and as historical witness. Posters are not relegated to the secondary role of illustrating an historical text nor are they trated as autonomous aesthetic objects.... Rather, they are substantial components of an historical narrative that is made up of both image and text."

And, true to this perspective, this book honors both text and image. The images are stunning, reproduced in color with a large amount of detail and texture. In this 232 page book, there are well over 300 illustrations. Each poster is annotated and the text draws attention to similarities and differences.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Posters
Prologue: Before 1914

The First World War (pp 10-99)
The Interwar Years (pp 100-141)
The Second World War (pp 142-213)

Epilogue
Editorial Note
Bibliographical Note
List of Posters
Index of Artists
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