Most of the propaganda books I have read to date have been by a single author – which is one of the reasons why Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War I to Wikileaks was such a nice change of pace.

Academic writing can be a bit dry, but the condensed nature of these chapters, each sharing a short glimpse into different aspects and examples of propaganda up until pretty recently made for a good, engaging read. Overall, every chapter, except one, was well-worth the time, making this a highly recommended reading for those who want a practical introduction into propaganda and how it is changing with the times.

What makes this book great are the different perspectives tackling the subject, including a look at British military doctrine in relation to propaganda by Dr. Kate Utting.

Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War I to Wikileaks is available at Amazon.

About Author

La Generalista is the online identity of Alicia Wanless – a researcher and practitioner of strategic communications for social change in a Digital Age. Alicia is the director of the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. With a growing international multi-stakeholder community, the Partnership aims to foster evidence-based policymaking to counter threats within the information environment. Wanless is currently a PhD Researcher at King’s College London exploring how the information environment can be studied in similar ways to the physical environment. She is also a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and was a tech advisor to Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder. Her work has been featured in Lawfare, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, and CBC.

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