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The Fine Art of Propaganda: A Study of Father Coughlin's Speeches Paperback – January 1, 1938
The Lees use Coughlin's anti-semitic and pro-Nazi speeches to teach about fallacies and propaganda techniques. A classic. 140pp. 5.5 x 8 inches. pbk.
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- ASIN : B000CDY8DU
- Publisher : Harcourt, Brace and Co.; First edition (January 1, 1938)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 140 pages
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 8, 2013
"The Fine Art of Propaganda: A Study of Father Coughlin's Speeches" is a classic publication in the study of propaganda. The authors from Brooklyn College, Alfred McClung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee, his wife, wrote it in the late 1930s analyzing the speeches of the "radio priest," Father Coughlin of the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak Michigan. The Priest's speeches were broadcast over a Detroit radio station in the mid to late 1930s. The work of the Creel Commission of the US Government during WWI was one of several models used by Goebbels as a model for Nazi propaganda of the '30s and '40s. Some of Coughlin's broadcasts over the Detroit station were close to word for word re-broadcasts in English of Goebbels propaganda speeches. The Lee's advocate the use of the '7 devices of propaganda,' each indicated by placing a small icon over the supposed propaganda in the text. Unfortunately, propaganda cannot be either detected by or defined by the use of such forms. And, the Lee's employed the same argumentative forms in critiquing Coughlin/Goebbels as they claimed were used in the speeches. Regardless of this, the book is a classic in the study of propaganda. My high school debate coach at Lansing Eastern gave me a copy of it in the 1950s. I purchased this copy as a replacement when that was lost. A must for serious students of the history and study of propaganda.
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