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Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 6, 2007
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Praise for Brainwash
“Meticulously researched and superbly readable . . . acutely observed . . . evenhanded and even-tempered.”--The Daily Telegraph (UK)
“A gripping survey of the post-war history of interrogation techniques.”--Telegraph on Sunday (UK)
“Vivid . . . Streatfeild does an important service by bringing [brainwashing] to our attention again. It is especially relevant in the light of Abu Ghraib and the war on terror.”--Financial Times (UK)
“Breathless . . . reads like a spy thriller.”--The Guardian (UK)
“Gripping.”--Time Out (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.”--Sunday Times (UK)
Top Customer Reviews
The book is a bit of a sprawling mess, in my opinion. The cover of the book shows an interrogation scenario, but the title is "Brainwash". It's a bit of an unsuccessful mixture of three separate books on brainwashing, mind control and interrogation. There is also a chapter on psychiatric abuses, which also probably deserves a separate category.
The author can't seem to decide where he stands on brainwashing or mind control. For example, page 156: "Estabrooks seems to have been regarded as a joke by the intelligence community." But on page 352 George Estabrooks is a "master of hypnosis". With regard to brainwashing in general, he states that it is "a comforting bedtime story that made us all feel better" and that it "should have outlived its usefulness years ago." However, in chapter 9, on false memory syndrome, the implication seems to be that people who claim to have suffered abuse were brainwashed. However, only one case is mentioned. If he is making a general point on the basis of just one case then that seems somewhat presumptuous to me.Read more ›