- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Prentice-Hall; 1st U.S. edition (1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0138100519
- ISBN-13: 978-0725403461
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book, and the others in this series of collections of Signal magazine articles, is an idealized view into the picture of German life painted by the ministers of propaganda. No serious collection of World War Two literature would be complete without at least some of the excellent S.L. Mayer books. I was so impressed with the books, I have donated two to the college library where I teach.
Anyone who has seen American propaganda from WWII ("wait a minute! Our government doesn't practice propaganda, do they?") can understand the style of Signal. Besides the fact that its editorial tone favors the Third Reich, the only differences are that it's less crude, contains a bit more in-depth politics and doesn't feature film stars as prominently. Otherwise, one could just as well be reading Life or some other glossy photo journal of the time. Its appeal centered around its vivid and dramatic photos. Whatever one's politics, it's hard not to be entranced by the pictures. Although the scenic shots are impressive, such as the German troops marching through the Arc de Triomphe or the Lutwaffe flying over the Acropolis, the magazine really succeeds with its miniature portraits: the jolly SS recruits from Scandinavia, the German soldiers hobnobbing with Parisian civilians, the gritty Afrika Korps troops coping with the hardships of the desert (so redolent of current Iraq War iconography), the sympathetic depictions of the British POWs.Read more ›
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This book contains excerpts from "Signal" magazine. I originally picked up my copy of this book at the US Army bookstore in Frankfurt, Germany back in the 1970s. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Roger J. Buffington