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The Author: Brian Anse Patrick received his Ph.D. in communication research from the University of Michigan. He is currently a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Toledo, Ohio, teaching courses in research methods, group communication, propaganda, and persuasion. He has been a communication and development consultant for state governments and non-profit organizations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Arktos Media Ltd (October 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190716698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907166983
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Anse Patrick

Professor of Communication, University of Toledo

B.A., University of Detroit
M.A., University of Detroit
Ph.D. University of Michigan

brian.patrick@utoledo.edu
419 530 4670


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This is an amazingly good book. I learned of it from a review in "Women and Guns" magazine that also praised the book highly. I not only second this evaluation, but also have a few things to add:
1. This is by far the most intelligent and credible analysis of the NRA and gun culture that I have ever encountered. Professor Patrick sets out to explain NRA's seemingly miraculous political effectiveness in an environment of hostile elite and media opinion. He does this convincingly, by marshalling an impressive body of hard evidence. Unlike many quite-popular books on NRA, media and gun issues, Patrick's evidence transcends the merely anecdotal. He is a social scientist and his approach utilizes systematic media content analysis, interviews and other data that cover a ten-year period. I believe the reason that major media have not reviewed Professor Patrick's book is because they are ashamed-he presents a case to which they cannot reply except by hanging their heads in shame.
2. Although the book is erudite and employs sophisticated research methods as well, it neither talks down to readers, nor does it skate above the understanding of readers who have not received graduate training in social science. Research methods and findings are lucidly and interestingly explained. The book is both amusing and educational-and the reader learns a great deal about how social scientists quantify and measure propaganda and media coverage.
3. The main conclusion is pleasantly and surprisingly counterintuitive: NRA benefits from negative media coverage. Professor Patrick believes that if it were not for negative media coverage, which has acted as a goad to mobilization, NRA and gun culture would not be in the position of relative strength and solidarity it enjoys today.
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Joseph Tartaro, President of the Second Amendement Foundation, reviewed Patrick's "National Rifle Association and the Media" in Gun Week. Says Tartaro:
"Having read many of the books which have delved into the long public debate over guns and gun regulation, I can say that Patrick's book plows really new ground, and deserves careful reading by any activist engaged in that debate. The National Rifle Association and the Media offers an original approach that is backed up by careful research and analysis....This is not just a book on the NRA: it is about the role of the media in an age of enhanced public reliance on communication media."
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As a Communications student at the University of Toledo I read Brian Patrick's 10 Commandments of Propaganda and loved his writing style, so I decided to look into some of his other work. Why some people my not like his writing style I love it. Instead of using lofty language and metaphors he cuts right to the point with real world examples and research. I appreciate his blunt writing style and the clear stances he takes with his writing. His straightforwardness makes you reconsider opinions you thought you had a clear stance on, and think to yourself why you formed these opinions, and give you a great example of persuasive writing. I've recommended this and some of his other work to several of my friends.
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Brian Anse Patrick. A well rounded and informed writer who writes the things others are afraid to write or can't see.
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I read this book for a communications class being taught online by Dr. Patrick. While his logic seemed fairly straightforward, I found the writing to be incredibly narcissistic and condescending.I also didn't think that his ideas were all that unique or groundbreaking. With that being said, the book was readable, and it had a certain roundabout logic to it. I think the thing that I disliked the most about the book was that I found it sketchy that a professor was making us purchase his own book for his class, even if it wasn't an awful book.
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