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  • Perfect Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Prestwick House, Inc. (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580498744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580498746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Magedah Shabo is an author, editor, and community college instructor. Her works are taught in secondary and post-secondary classrooms across the United States and have been featured on reading lists for courses at Harvard, George Mason, Fordham, and American University.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Antonis on March 30, 2011
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Techniques of Propaganda and Persuasion is book which tries to explain what is propaganda, to identify its various basic techniques, and to examine the use and misuse of these techniques in various practises. From this point of view, the book generally is successful.

The book is divided into two sections. The first is a set of small chapters, each one identifying a specific popular propaganda technique. The second part of the book examines the uses of these techniques, both for the purpose of achieving positive goals, and for the purpose of achieving negative ones. Every chapter is accompanied with quotations and pictures which show propaganda at work and connect the subject of the chapter to real propaganda practise.

On another note, however, one has to consider that this book seems to be a basic student's guidebook on the subject. It lacks depth and analysis, with each chapter being only about 3-4 pages long on average, including the pictures. If you are considering buying this book for a general reading on propaganda, rather than as a studying supplement, I would advice you to consider its lack of analysis before buying it.

In conclusion, I would advice this book for anyone interested in a quick and clear reading of what propaganda is, how it is used, and in what ways it can influence our decisions and behaviour.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By sevenmoonlight on May 12, 2010
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The first section gives you the techniques and explains their usage and variations. The next section gives examples of these techniques in action, even combined.

This is not just for the marketing student but for anyone wanting to understand how media - even fund raising campaigns - use propaganda to further their ends.

The book is efficiently written, no filler or fluff here and in plain English. Highly recommend this for everybody.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By petsgalore on January 24, 2011
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It is really useful for teachers in terms of clear, simple explanations, providing useful images and examples and discussion topics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Woodward on February 14, 2012
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Techniques of Propaganda and Persuasion isn't so much about manipulating others as it is about protecting yourself from being manipulated. You may not believe it, but there are large corporations and governments who have a vested interest in launching covert assaults on your mind. They attempt to circumvent your normal logic and sensibilities. And, they're agenda is quite simple; to get you and your thoughts in line so that they can control you and profit from your gullibility. They accomplish this task through various techniques including false logic or false claims backed by a body of presumed know-it-alls. In many cases, propaganda and persuasion can be used to do good. This can happen when the task to be completed is one that benefits all, however sometimes these tactics are used to benefit only a selfish few. It is necessary, therefore, to prepare yourself to discern between credible and incredible sources and to recognize false claims when they are delivered to you, and this my friend, is the perfect place to begin your education.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BARTOLOMEO RAFAEL BIALAS on August 3, 2010
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Propaganda was indeed the buzzword du jour during the Second World War. The very word propaganda was originally used in 1622 in Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, an ambitious initiative fostered to spread Catholicism; the brainchild of Pope Gregory XV. Over time propaganda acquired negative connotations. Propaganda, however, shouldn't remain stigmatized. Like every other philosophical notion, it remains neutral as long as we allow it to be.
Magedah E. Shabo wrote phenomenal book using remarkably succinct style appealing to both sophisticated readers, scholars, and novices. Well divided structure fosters intellectual digestion. Clearly explained and analyzed historical examples show different facets of propaganda.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LEONARDO BORGES on October 11, 2013
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Psychological Operations. Techniques of Propaganda is a really fantastic book. I recommender for someone needs learning about persuasion and marketing.
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