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"An unnerving and chilling book that is also clear, compelling, and fast-paced, Weapons of Democracy is a powerful achievement."

"Auerbach has written an aggressive and impressive account of how public opinion emerges as a topic of debate in the Progressive era: reputedly sovereign but increasingly subject to modes of management, organization, synchronization, persuasion, and coercion. By focusing on the individual careers of (in)famous propagandists, Auerbach clearly traces how their aspirations went awry. He also persuasively and patiently examines the work of their most profound critics—Walter Lippmann and John Dewey—thereby demonstrating the difficulty of imagining, as the twentieth century progressed, what a democratic public might be. An unnerving and chilling book that is also clear, compelling, and fast-paced, Weapons of Democracy is a powerful achievement."

"Weapons of Democracy has clear implications for contemporary politics... Recommended."

"Understanding the history of propaganda and public opinion presented in this stimulating and intelligent book offers one step in the right direction."

"... a captivating read."

"... a bracing deep history of our present 'post-fact' moment."

"Weapons of Democracy will appeal to students and scholars in American studies, history, political theory, media and communications, and rhetoric and literary studies."

"Weapons of Democracy reads as a remarkably relevant book today. As an exceptional and original interdisciplinary study on American intellectual history, drawing on an impressive body of research, and written in straightforward, impulsive prose, the monograph duly deserves the attention of scholars from various academic fields, such as history, media studies, political science, American Studies, as well as readers outside academia so that they can become more aware of the inclinations— the potentials as well as the dangers—inherent in the "weapons of democracy.""

Weapons of Democracy
Propaganda, Progressivism, and American Public Opinion
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$49.95
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2015
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 232 pages
Illustrations: 1 b&w illus
ISBN: 9781421417363