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National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood Paperback – June 27, 2017
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Dr. Matthew Alford is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath in England. His doctoral thesis applied Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky’s Propaganda Model to the contemporary Hollywood film industry. His first book, Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy, was published by Pluto Press in 2010 and has since been translated into Chinese. In 2014, Dr. Alford produced a documentary film of his research, The Writer with No Hands, which premiered at Hot Docs in Canada and won runner-up at the Ammar Popular Film Festival in Iran. In June 2017, a new edition of the film was released at independent venues in twelve countries. Tom Secker is a private researcher who runs spyculture.com—the world’s premier online archive about government involvement in the entertainment industry. He has used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain unique government documents since 2010, which has been reported on by Russia Today, Salon, Techdirt, The Mirror, The Express and other outlets. He has authored and co-authored articles for Critical Sociology and the American Journal of Economics and Sociology and hosts the popular ClandesTime podcast.
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This is also one of the few books that challenge the traditional narratives of Rwanda and the Balkans in the 1990s.
The one small downside is it could use better editing ,as there were a few parts that were literally repetitive parts from a few paragraphs earlier. Overall, very interesting and informative.
An entire set of documents covering decades of the relationship between Hollywood and Washington have been squared away in the private library of a Pentagon-approved historian Lawrence Suid. Despite the censorship, the documents that are at public disposal thanks to the FOIA requests and research of the authors detail how Washington manipulates Hollywood by making minor script changes, major script rewrites, casting calls and can even prevent films from being made.
This book is an easy read, but it also contains a ton of hard hitting information. Highly recommended.