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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908211113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908211118
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wolf&Co. are a propaganda agency who are proud to say they're in the business of "making people happy". Nick McFarlane was commissioned to distil the secrets of propaganda into an agency induction manual - issued to everyone required to learn the black art.


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What an odd little book. Half picture book artwork, half Machiavellian sound-bites, with liberal quoting from other sources and the odd bit of poetry thrown in for good measure, you are never quite sure who the target audience is. It's also extremely difficult to work out which bits are parody and which bits are serious, as its black humour constantly treads a tightrope of between farce and factual issues. Superficially, it comes across as a lot of graphic design flowcharts and Andy Warhol pop-art, but the underpinning messages in the words and the quotes carry weight themselves. So it leaves you unsure exactly what to take away from the book. Maybe that's part of the intention.

I get the impression that this is a summary book rather than a detailed exploration in its own right. It reads like the summation of a life of studying other people's literature and teachings, and then picking out the highlights to form a highly concise overview. That overview is presented both in prose and in picture, so you have to resist the temptation to just glance over the diagrams, as they have a lot of that summary within them. It's all great fun, and a pretty easy read, but I can't help but wonder if the complete lack of fleshing out makes it a bit of a boot-camp headache. There are hundreds of ideas and tit-bits of information presented in a very compact and hard-hitting manner.

One thing that I don't like is the words and sections of text which are blacked out a-la censorship and redaction. Whilst I'm sure this adds to the ironic nature of the book and even perhaps adds to its quirky charm, I just found it irritating wasting time trying to work out what the words were. It interrupts your attention and detracts from the book's otherwise interesting messages.
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Totally recommend if you wish to conquer the stupefied and ignorant masses. Muahahaha (evil laugh)!! Essential to any dictator to be.
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a brilliant little book, with a great sense of humour.
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VERY INFORMATIVE
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d91d72c) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x8cc64780) out of 5 stars Subversive 17 Aug. 2013
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What a fascinating, subversive and incisive little book. The bold black, white and red graphics are like propaganda posters themselves, explaining how the 1% control the herd of COWS (Corporate Wage Slaves), written by someone who does it for them. For a long time I've been wondering how the "press" became the "media". This book goes a long way towards explaining it. Doing Bizness: A Nuclear Thriller
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HASH(0x8d2b6510) out of 5 stars If You Have an Eye for Propaganda... 14 Oct. 2013
By Jack Frost - Published on Amazon.com
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...this book will not reveal much to you.

But if you're uninitiated, this is a great, simple-to-read crash course on how we are being manipulated every day, all the time.
HASH(0x8d2b6414) out of 5 stars Fun to read ! 4 Sept. 2014
By J. Vanek - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun to read about how we are being daily manipulated by the main stream propaganda media machine. And also good to know that our local town fathers when they have an agenda they are using the same tricks.
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HASH(0x8cc64bb8) out of 5 stars Highly recommended. If you want to break free from the ... 19 Jun. 2016
By kitty kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Read it. Get others to read it and maybe then, we can break the stranglehold the rich and powerful have over us. It's an important book and should be used as a text in schools. Highly recommended. If you want to break free from the herd, this book the place to start. It's a great size and the graphics are wonderful. Bold, sparse, print gets the point across quickly. On the bottom of each page is footnote, with an example of what's being said.
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HASH(0x8cc64d68) out of 5 stars Fear wolfs but fear cows more* 21 Sept. 2014
By David Zetland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really love this book for combining subversive (sarcastic?) art with excellent quotes with a decent "flow chart of deceit."

The only thing that REALLY bothers me is its constant misspelling of its (possessive) as it's. Perhaps an ungrammatical way of manipulating my emotions? :-\

* Wardens Of Language Falsities and Corporate-Owned Wage Slaves
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