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Books as Weapons
Author: John B. Hench

ISBN: 9781501705656
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16 September 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.0
Description:
Winner, 2011 George A. And Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Award (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) 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 bo...

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