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Books as Weapons

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781501705656
Author(s): John B. Hench
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Dimensions: 155 x 20 x 235 (w x l x h)
Pages: 320

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Only weeks after the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, a surprising cargo-crates of books-joined the flood of troop reinforcements, weapons and ammunition, food, and medicine onto Normandy beaches. The books were destined for French bookshops, to be followed by millions more American books (in translation but also in English) ultimately distributed throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The British were doing similar work, which was uneasily coordinated with that of the Americans within the Psychological Warfare Division of General Eisenhower's Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, under General Eisenhower's command. Books As Weapons tells the little-known story of the vital partnership between American book publishers and the U.S. government to put carefully selected recent books highlighting American history and values into the hands of civilians liberated from Axis forces. The government desired to use books to help 'disintoxicate' the minds of these people from the Nazi and Japanese propaganda and censorship machines and to win their friendship. This objective dovetailed perfectly with U.S. publishers' ambitions to find new profits in international markets, which had been dominated by Britain, France, and Germany before their book trades were devastated by the war.
Key figures on both the trade and government sides of the program considered books 'the most enduring propaganda of all' and thus effective 'weapons in th
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