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on 19 July 2011
With this one star review I am not criticising Lippmann's work, I am criticising BN Publishing's layout and design, the actual book as an object.

Try to buy a different edition of Public Opinion if you can, this one is ugly and difficult to read. The prose spreads so far across the page that it is difficult to read the last word of each line as it becomes engulfed by the crease of the spine. The page titles and the layout look incredibly amateurish and the paper feels incredibly cheap.

The dimensions of the book are also ridiculous. It is so wide, lines run on forever over a page and the book looks stupid, sticking out on the bookshelf far further than any other in your collection.

The glossy - almost mirrored - look of the cover just adds to the amateur, ugly look.

The prose of Public Opinion deserve a much better vessel than this shiny shambles.
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on 22 February 2012
A seminal work discussing how public opinion is formed - essentially arguing that normal folk are not capable of making rational decisions (such as relating to national interest & public policy), so we should be left to believe we have an influence, whilst the elite (who think they are more capable) make all the decisions in reality, and make us believe we want what they decide. It illustrates how democracy has been (and is increasingly) a charade. I don't agree with a lot of his arguments and conclusions, of course, but it gives invaluable insight. Extremely well written, and crucial reading for all who want to understand how we are being manipulated. (I can't vouch for this print/edition though, as mine was an old one not available here)
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on 19 July 2015
A PR classic. Well worth the time. Lippmann is a deep thinker and the work is powerful.

Daniel Valentine (Author of: "Online Marketing to Investors: How to develop Effective Investor Relations", Business Expert Press, 2015)
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on 1 May 1999
The measure of a great book is how well it stands the test of time. "Public Opinion" meets and exceeds that standard. It should be read by everyone who cares about the idea of American democracy. Walter Lippmann's insights will still be valuable in 2022. Highly recommnded.
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on 24 December 2015
Book is in small type print, such books are hard for me to read, but I will engage with it shortly. Delivery was very quick and impressive too!
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on 22 June 2016
Classic work on the subject - especially good on how to deceive people into believing that fantasy is fact by providing false information.
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on 31 July 2015
Excellent expose of the world of spin that we are living in
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