Spinning History: Politics And Propaganda In World War II
- World War II
The European theater
World War II was history's greatest drama-but award-wining author Nathaniel Lande takes this idea to a literal conclusion, presenting the conflict as a theatrical production staged and overseen by four contrasting masters: Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin.
Each used all the tools at his disposal to present his own distinctive vision of the global drama-media exploitation, brilliantly conceived oratory, and propaganda. Each side employed uniforms, meticulously staged events, and every available form of media. Their ambitions were similar, but each leader had his own distinct methods and his own carefully created script.
Through this unique prism, Lande casts a fresh light on the most obsessively studied conflict in human history.
"Another publishing triumph for Nathaniel Lande."-Richard B. Stolley, former editorial director of TIME Inc.; editor of Life magazine; founding editor of People magazine
"Spinning History illuminates how all sides used social psychology, propaganda, and drama to shape and skew public opinion during World War II, as well as how these myriad efforts interplayed nationally and internationally during the war and in its history. The starring roles of Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin are detailed thoughtfully and compellingly. The book is original and insightful."-Richard Cole, PhD, John Kerr Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Media and Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"World War II wasn't just the century's greatest conflict, but also its greatest theatrical production. Spinning History is an illuminating, readable, and still very relevant account of the ways in which theatrical staging, dramatic storytelling, and message manipulation were key to the efforts of both sides during those turbulent years."-Richard Zoglin, senior editor, TIME magazine
"Taking war as the ultimate piece of theatre, it concentrates on the principal characters from both sides, but finds room for a wide-ranging consideration of minor cast members and plots. It is a timely reminder that the conflict was the first modern war, in which propaganda and media manipulation played a huge part, not only on opening night, but in ensuring that it had an extended run."-Dr. Andrea Tanner, senior research fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
About the Author
Nathaniel Lande is a journalist, filmmaker, and author of eleven books, including Cricket and Dispatches from the Front: A History of the American War Correspondent. He was creative director of the Magazine Group, TIME Inc.; director of TIME World News Service; and executive producer for CBS and NBC.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||March 7, 2017|