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Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion

Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion
New and Classic Essays

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December 2005 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Readings in Propaganda and Persuasion: New and Classic Essays is a unique, interdisciplinary collection that brings together contemporary and classic readings to provide significant insights into the practice and theory of propaganda and persuasion. The contents range from seminal essays to articles by well-known writers on propaganda to new essays about responses to contemporary issues and events. This engaging anthology also includes analyses of the relationship between rhetoric, propaganda, and persuasion.

Key Features:  
  • Offers informative historical articles: A series of articles lends perspectives on propaganda at the time of the American Revolution, World Wars I and II, Communist Soviet Union, the Vietnam War, and brainwashing in the Korean War.
  • Provides new and original essays: New material is included on contemporary issues and events such as a response to the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the treatment of the women of Afghanistan, public diplomacy as propaganda, the influence of the built environment, and brainwashing.
  • Includes reprints of classic essays by major theorists: Kenneth Burke's brilliant analysis of the rhetoric of Mein Kampf and Jacques Ellul's foundational essay on the meaning of propaganda provide theoretical groundwork for the study of propaganda. In addition, a wide range of essays by well-known theorists examine propaganda in movies, global television, third wave propaganda, public relations as propaganda, the rhetoric of the Third Reich, and contemporary propaganda.

Intended Audience:  
Perfect supplementary text to the Fourth Edition of Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell's text Propaganda and Persuasion; as well as an excellent stand alone text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Persuasion and Propaganda, Rhetoric, and Mass Communications

Jacques Ellul
Chapter 1: The Characteristics of Propaganda
Beth S. Bennett & Sean Patrick O'Rourke
Chapter 2: A Prolegomenon to the Future Study of Rhetoric and Propaganda: Critical Foundations
Gladys Thum and Marcella Thum
Chapter 3: War Propaganda and the American Revolution: The Pen and the Sword
Thomas C. Sorenson
Chapter 4: We Become Propagandists
Philip Taylor
Chapter 5: The Bolshevik Revolution and the War of Ideologies (1917-39)
David A. Welch
Chapter 6: Restructuring the Means of Communication in Nazi Germany
Kenneth Burke
Chapter 7: The Rhetoric of Hitler’s "Battle"
David Culbert
Chapter 8: 'Why We Fight': Social Engineering for a Democratic Society at War
Paul M.A. Linebarger
Chapter 9: The Function of Psychological Warfare
Garth S. Jowett
Chapter 10: Brainwashing: The Korean POW Controversy and the Origins of a Myth
Victoria O'Donnell
Chapter 11: The Influence of the Built Environment
Nancy Snow
Chapter 12: U.S. Public Diplomacy: Its History, Problems, and Promise
Stuart J. Kaplan
Chapter 13: Visualizing Absence: The Function of Visual Metaphors in the Efforts to Make a Fitting Response to 9/11
Margaret Cavin
Chapter 14: Evening Gowns to Burqas: The Propaganda of Fame

I'm using this as a supplement for my persuasion course and it is WONDERFUL!

Dr Marie Mallory
Communication Studies, Liberty University
October 26, 2019
Key features
  •  ¨      A series of short but informative historical articles that lends perspectives on propaganda at the time of the American Revolution, World Wars I and II, Communist Soviet Union, the Vietnam war, and brainwashing in the Korean War 
  • ¨      Readings on propaganda in movies, global television, and third wave propaganda
  • ¨      An examination of the United States Information Agency
  • ¨      An analysis by Nancy Snow of "official" United States government propaganda
  • ¨      Readings on public relations as propaganda, the rhetoric of the Third Reich, and contemporary propaganda