Propaganda - Power and Persuasion by David Welch This publication accompanies the excellent exhibition at the British Library in London, thought really it is a book which is a stand alone work,and is a total masterpiece of research, extraordinary insight and explanation. A fascinating work, which is an absolute must for anyone interested in the subject of persuasion, attracting attention, publicity stunts,communication, advertising, social/new media and psychology. This book is essential reading for every image maker, artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, historian, thinker and academic. The themes and revelations revealed ironically blend in seamlessly to the uncomfortable mood music of our times.
David Welch is the world leader in his field. I'm so glad to have got my hands on this for a tenner, albeit the paperback: copies on divers other Amazon sites are going variously for a MINIMUM £63.73, £229.82, a scary £573.67 (where most of the reviews are clustered) or the definitively passion-killing £599. How do they reach these figures? Have the robots taken over (if so they'll only be selling to fellow robots) and thank goodness bits of Amazon are like the Wild West out there - happy hunting!
This book marries up with the exhibition in 2013 at The British Library - but, if you missed the exhibition, it's a truly excellent substitute with beautifully reproduced photographs of (principally) government posters, advertisements, cartoons etc focussing on war, health and areas in which states in the world try to determine our beliefs, values and behaviour. The book looks mainly at the 20th century. it is informative, and will be appreciated by those interested in politics and the way in which governments operate. Beautiful quality paper too.
I bought this book to help me study the topic of World War One and World War Two propaganda for a univeristy essay, but found it so absorbing that I constantly read other sections. David Welch is very knowledgeable in this subject, and his writing style makes reading this book a pleasure. Additionally, it contains a wealth of pictures and photographs of various types of propaganda throughout the ages. The quality of the actual book is also very impressive. Whether you wish to use it as a source for academic study, or to casually read because the area of propaganda interests you, this book comes highly recommended!
Excellent study for the educated person - not a glossy coffee table book...packed with historical study and really expanded on the 2013 exhibition at the British Library. It is a stand alone study however and one of the few balanced books on the topic available. Quality of the production is excellent. Twenty years ago when I taught a course in this for sixth formers such an excellent resource did not exist - wish I had had it then.