hits counter Spinning History: Politics and Propaganda in World War II - Ebook PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Spinning History: Politics and Propaganda in World War II

Availability: Ready to download

In this fascinating new book, bestselling author and historian Nathaniel Lande explores the Great War at the heart of the twentieth century through the prism of theater. He presents the war as a drama that evolved and developed as it progressed, a production staged and overseen by four contrasting masters: Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin. Each leader used all the t In this fascinating new book, bestselling author and historian Nathaniel Lande explores the Great War at the heart of the twentieth century through the prism of theater. He presents the war as a drama that evolved and developed as it progressed, a production staged and overseen by four contrasting masters: Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin. Each leader used all the tools at his disposal to present his own distinctive vision of the global drama that was the Second World War. Each area of the media was fully exploited. Brilliantly conceived oratory was applied to underscore each vision. Impression management, the art of political spin, was employed to drive the message home with the careful use of black and white propaganda. Each side employed uniforms, meticulously staged events, and broadcast their messages via all media available—motion pictures, radio broadcasts, posters, leaflets, and beyond. Their ambitions were similar, but each leader had his own distinct methods, his own carefully created script for elaborately produced and often wildly successful acts and campaigns of deception to win hearts and minds on the frontlines and the home front. The result of this investigation is a wholly distinctive and often surprising work of history, a book that manages to cast a fresh light on the most obsessively studied conflict in human history.


Compare

In this fascinating new book, bestselling author and historian Nathaniel Lande explores the Great War at the heart of the twentieth century through the prism of theater. He presents the war as a drama that evolved and developed as it progressed, a production staged and overseen by four contrasting masters: Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin. Each leader used all the t In this fascinating new book, bestselling author and historian Nathaniel Lande explores the Great War at the heart of the twentieth century through the prism of theater. He presents the war as a drama that evolved and developed as it progressed, a production staged and overseen by four contrasting masters: Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin. Each leader used all the tools at his disposal to present his own distinctive vision of the global drama that was the Second World War. Each area of the media was fully exploited. Brilliantly conceived oratory was applied to underscore each vision. Impression management, the art of political spin, was employed to drive the message home with the careful use of black and white propaganda. Each side employed uniforms, meticulously staged events, and broadcast their messages via all media available—motion pictures, radio broadcasts, posters, leaflets, and beyond. Their ambitions were similar, but each leader had his own distinct methods, his own carefully created script for elaborately produced and often wildly successful acts and campaigns of deception to win hearts and minds on the frontlines and the home front. The result of this investigation is a wholly distinctive and often surprising work of history, a book that manages to cast a fresh light on the most obsessively studied conflict in human history.

58 review for Spinning History: Politics and Propaganda in World War II

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joe Krakovsky

    There are two reasons why I didn't give this book a 5 star review. One reason was the style in which the author chose to present his story. Perhaps he thought he was being creative, drawing comparisons to war time propaganda with the production of a play. Speaking for myself, I was not impressed, even though I once did have a part in a play. As a matter of fact, I found it quite annoying, even when the author did a magnificent job telling about Leni Riefenstahl's masterpiece "Triumph of the Wil There are two reasons why I didn't give this book a 5 star review. One reason was the style in which the author chose to present his story. Perhaps he thought he was being creative, drawing comparisons to war time propaganda with the production of a play. Speaking for myself, I was not impressed, even though I once did have a part in a play. As a matter of fact, I found it quite annoying, even when the author did a magnificent job telling about Leni Riefenstahl's masterpiece "Triumph of the Will" or the magical effect of the nighttime Nazi rallies. The other main reason I will get to in a moment. As I said, being annoyed with the writing style, as well as the repetition of facts in the first few chapters that one can find in many other history books, almost led me to not even finishing the book. But I read on, and was glad that I did. On the plus side, there was a mountain of information there that was new to me and thus assuring this book a permanent place in my extensive library. Among the things documented was the sneaky way Roosevelt and Churchill conspired to get the US into the war against the Axis powers. Hindsight proved that this had to be, but at the time a lot of people in America didn't feel that way and they had to be forced or persuaded into it. Of course some people had reasons wanting to be isolationists. Except for Warner Brothers, Hollywood courted Nazi favor in order to sell movies in Germany and Chase Bank was happy to freeze Jewish accounts. These are just two examples. And let's not forget Henry Ford who was as much pro-German as Lord Haw-haw. Even before the shooting started on December 7th, 1941 the US was in a propaganda war with Germany. That is where this book really shines. It explains how the propaganda war was fought behind the scenes and affected the populations of the belligerents in ways they never suspected. Propaganda not only puts out fake news but also suppresses or tells the truth when convenient for the cause. I like the way he explained how they tell the truth at first and lie later. The book is loaded with examples of propaganda warfare as used against the enemy as well as on the Home Front. One example is how we often read how the British kept a stiff upper lip during the height of the Blitz. There were some 60 million address changes in Britain during the war and more civilians were killed than soldiers. What you never heard about was the looters who showed up as soon as the bombs quit falling and ignored the cries for help. Another thing I found interesting was how propaganda drove the people to work as hard they did in the factories as a way of fighting back. The strange thing was how this work changed many a woman's shape. He didn't elaborate but I kept thinking of Olive Oil and Popeye. In spite of all the new material the author presented for historians and us armchair generals, I came across something that bothered me so much as to make the author loose a good deal of his credibility, and thus his work. He mentioned how the Germans used their Stukas with the wing-mounted 37mm cannon to hunt British barrage balloons like the balloon busters of World War I. Now anybody who built that Stuka model as a kid could tell you that it was used on the Eastern Front to blow up Russian tanks. Hans-Ulrich Rudel explains in his book "Stuka Pilot" how he shot up some 500 Russian tanks. That book use to be required reading for American A-10 pilots. I guess it just goes to show you that even though you do a lot of research, if you don't know the topic to begin with you can make a stupid mistake. In closing I think it would have been a plus to point out that these propaganda tactics are still being used today, whether by governments or businesses, which sometimes might be one and the same. This book is worth reading but don't let this be your only source of new information, unless you are doing a book report! I would like to thank Skyhorse Publishing for the free copy of this book for which I am providing an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Book received from Edelweiss. I loved this book on how the various countries used propaganda to their advantage and occasionally disadvantage, yes things did backfire on them sometimes. It shows just how much "spin" has always been a part of politics and the deceptions some politicians willingly use to promote their agenda. I liked how the book was split into sections and focused on each country, only skipping around to show how well the propaganda worked compared to the same event being portraye Book received from Edelweiss. I loved this book on how the various countries used propaganda to their advantage and occasionally disadvantage, yes things did backfire on them sometimes. It shows just how much "spin" has always been a part of politics and the deceptions some politicians willingly use to promote their agenda. I liked how the book was split into sections and focused on each country, only skipping around to show how well the propaganda worked compared to the same event being portrayed differently by another country. I felt it was a great introduction to a part of history that doesn't seem to get discussed often.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Crouch

    I can forgive an author for having modest ambitions if he meets or exceeds them, but this author doesn't seem to have any discernible ambition at all, except maybe to compile a bunch of trivia (little of it very interesting) while dismissing the need to attach it to any structure or line of reasoning. What exactly is the point of this book? His persistent use of the theater metaphor for war and politics is moderately interesting in the first few pages, but that gimmick quickly becomes repetitive I can forgive an author for having modest ambitions if he meets or exceeds them, but this author doesn't seem to have any discernible ambition at all, except maybe to compile a bunch of trivia (little of it very interesting) while dismissing the need to attach it to any structure or line of reasoning. What exactly is the point of this book? His persistent use of the theater metaphor for war and politics is moderately interesting in the first few pages, but that gimmick quickly becomes repetitive, and unfortunately it dominates the book. Resoundly defeating my expectations, he devotes less than half his time to illuminating the methods of the war's actual practicing propagandists, instead regurgitating shallow analyses of the motives and actions of the Big Three (+ Hitler), territory that has been covered elsewhere ad nauseam. To top it off, this has to be one of the choppiest, chunkiest books I've read in a dog's age. He introduces concepts in one paragraph, moves to something else entirely in the next, than develops the first idea in the third paragraph as if the intervening section was never written - this happens repeatedly throughout. This is a book written and then put in a blender on the low setting for a minute or two. It's a short and easy read, but still worth avoiding.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carlton Phelps

    Wow. What an excellent history book on the background of WWII. Mr. Lande's using the analogy of theater production as a way to show how propaganda was used during WWII to rally the people for Hitler and against him as well was eye opening. It was of great interest to me that Hitler used theater people to stage his rallies for getting the people to be motivated to get behind him and his goal of taking over the world. There were several mishaps that Mr. Lande wrote about that were spun to report them Wow. What an excellent history book on the background of WWII. Mr. Lande's using the analogy of theater production as a way to show how propaganda was used during WWII to rally the people for Hitler and against him as well was eye opening. It was of great interest to me that Hitler used theater people to stage his rallies for getting the people to be motivated to get behind him and his goal of taking over the world. There were several mishaps that Mr. Lande wrote about that were spun to report them as battle casualties when in fact they were just epic fails. The examples continue throughout his book as to how the truth as we see it, was twisted to fit what the powers that be, wanted us to believe. Very interesting read start to finish. Thank you Goodreads and Mr. Lande for making this book available.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Really engaging history of propaganda focused mainly on the UK and the US. I felt like I learned a lot from this and it was written in a readable narrative style. However, I find the lack of footnotes a bit odd. I know this is probably not meant as being too academic, and maybe it's not as important in the US, but to me a history book that just has a bibliography is somehow less trustworthy as you can't check up so easily on original sources. Nevertheless, if you want to learn about the devious Really engaging history of propaganda focused mainly on the UK and the US. I felt like I learned a lot from this and it was written in a readable narrative style. However, I find the lack of footnotes a bit odd. I know this is probably not meant as being too academic, and maybe it's not as important in the US, but to me a history book that just has a bibliography is somehow less trustworthy as you can't check up so easily on original sources. Nevertheless, if you want to learn about the devious art of black propaganda, this is a great place to start.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Nadzam

    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. A solid history of five men-Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Truman. It shows how they orchestrated WWII. The imagery of the war as a theatrical production, complete with the metaphoric and literal language to draw the comparisons, might work for some. I found the book quite readable and story-like. While I know this was about these men, it did touch on some “lesser” players. One person I wish I had heard much more about was Eleanore Roosev I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. A solid history of five men-Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Truman. It shows how they orchestrated WWII. The imagery of the war as a theatrical production, complete with the metaphoric and literal language to draw the comparisons, might work for some. I found the book quite readable and story-like. While I know this was about these men, it did touch on some “lesser” players. One person I wish I had heard much more about was Eleanore Roosevelt. The book only mentioned her in relationship to her husband’s death. I think a deeper look at their relationship would be interesting to read-it would give her words and actions which were depicted here more context.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Norgri

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Pantoja

  9. 5 out of 5

    Caiden

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thad Zajdowicz

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Jenkins

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Jepson

  15. 5 out of 5

    Holly McCall

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sam Gaspar

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jarosław

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karl

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kisara

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Salerno

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Turner

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Baltakis

  25. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul Connuck

  27. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Faisal

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chawm Ganguly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maryann

  31. 4 out of 5

    WW2 Reads

  32. 5 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

  33. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  34. 5 out of 5

    Miss.terri

  35. 4 out of 5

    John Schnable

  36. 5 out of 5

    Seth Zolin

  37. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kovan

  38. 5 out of 5

    Steve Spencer (he, him.his)

  39. 4 out of 5

    Kim Ellis

  40. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  41. 4 out of 5

    Noa

  42. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  43. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Meeker

  44. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

  45. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  46. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  47. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

  48. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  49. 5 out of 5

    V

  50. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  51. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  52. 4 out of 5

    Melly Mel

  53. 5 out of 5

    Diana Gagliardi

  54. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  55. 4 out of 5

    Edgar Connell

  56. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  57. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Carnes

  58. 5 out of 5

    Dolli

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.