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Streatfeild, a documentary film producer and author of a social history of cocaine use (Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography, 2001), offers an expansive and multifaceted exploration of brainwashing in its multitude of forms. With chapters on hypnosis, sensory deprivation, subliminal messages, religious indoctrination, and a variety of truth serums, this account chronicles the many ways psychology and pharmacology have been enlisted in people's apparently perennial effort to control the minds of other people. Steeped in cold war intrigue, Streatfeild's narrative features the CIA and other intelligence agencies heavily; tales oscillate between the absurdly hilarious (CIA director Allen Dulles dispatching two agents to Switzerland in 1953 to buy up the world's entire supply of LSD for "research") and the profoundly disturbing (CIA agents secretly dosing civilians and analyzing the results). Although the author includes some lengthy jaunts into popular culture to examine films and song lyrics, his core concern is the deadly serious business of mental torture as practiced by today's intelligence services. Sprawling, accessible, and at times quite casual, this book will attract a diverse readership. Brendan Driscoll
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Breathless . . . reads like a spy thriller. (The Guardian (UK))
Marvelously engrossing. This book is a series of wonderfully detailed and cleverly told stories, each of which debunks the brainwashing myth. Streatfeild's narrative control cannot be faulted. His research is formidable. (The Sunday Times (UK))
An expansive and multifaceted exploration of brainwashing in its multitude of forms. (Booklist)
U.S. interest in brainwashing began shortly after WWII - after the public false confessions of Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty and , his personal secretary Andras Zakar, prior Moscow... Read morePublished 16 days ago by George Bush
Had some info I needed. I shall use it as reference for a while.Published 6 months ago by Joy Sieminski
very informative, but pretty dry at some points and difficult to get throughPublished 7 months ago by chris
There are a number of cult-like groups that have perfected the science of detructive influence on the young, trusting and unsuspecting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert Wiedenhaefer
Mind control has been a forever search. That the tools for this nefarious activity exist cannot be doubted. Read morePublished 12 months ago by moises nadal
Brainwash gets into the gritty details of Behavioral Modification. Mind control isn't all about hocus pocus, it's about the systematic procedures to get human beings to alter their... Read morePublished 19 months ago by MMF
This book is a factual and very interesting discussion of exactly what it purports to be, which is hard to find. We loved it.Published on December 18, 2012 by Cary