I should like to know where are that fear and conformity went...
This book makes a fine companion to those DVDs and is a great history of a genre of films that has not been well documented elsewhere.
Ken Smith's book catalogs the subjects, filmmakers and histories of the mental hygiene film in an easily-read manner.
The best way to use this book is to turn to the actual descriptions of the films in the second half of the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Molly McGee
For anyone with a fondness for the old "mental hygiene" films, you can't go wrong with this book. The book makes you wish you had the films to watch, too. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sandy
The shorts were some of the best parts of MST3K episodes, and Rifftrax continues to perfect the short-form riff. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Douglas Glassman
I'm not sure why this seems to be marketed as a comedy book, and I'm frankly kind of mystified by the reviews that found this tome to be hilarious. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by Cranky Reader
Since I'd seen several of the Centron educational films on YouTube, I wanted to find out more about them. Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Andrew Sherwood
Not the comedy book I thought it would be, however it is an extremely well-written and insightful look into why these films were produced and the drive behind them. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Molly D Hansen
Ken Smith has offered a fine chronicle on the history of a unique-for-its-time learning device: the educational film. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Chuck Donegan
Ken Smith has tapped into a vein in the American cadaver with this clever and respectful survey of one of the most freakishly commonsensical forms of propaganda ever conceived. Read morePublished on October 9, 2004 by Seamus McManus
"Mental Hygiene" presents the history of Classroom films in a way that doesn't make fun of the films, but still makes enjoyable reading. Read morePublished on October 2, 2003 by David L. White