This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality

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Product Details

Price
$28.00  $25.76
Publisher
PublicAffairs
Publish Date
August 06, 2019
Pages
256
Dimensions
6.1 X 1.0 X 9.5 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781541762114

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About the Author

Peter Pomerantsev is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an author and TV producer. He studies propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee. He writes for publications including Granta, The Atlantic, Financial Times, London Review of Books, Politico and many others. His first book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns Prizes. It is translated into over a dozen languages.

Reviews

"This is a gripping and unsettling account of life in grim post-Soviet Russia."--Washington Post on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"It is hard to think of another work that better describes today's Russia; Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible may very well be the defining book about the Putin era."--Commentary Magazine on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"Captivating...keen observations."--New York Times Book Review on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"A patchwork tapestry that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief."--The Guardian on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"[Pomerantsev] describes in detail how social media have been weaponized by the bad guys...The contrast between the tight regulation of information by repressive regimes in the 20th century, and the free-for-all of today's media environment, gives the book its disconcerting force."--Economist
"Groundbreaking.... Every Democratic candidate should have a plan for how to counter disinformation and misinformation in American politics. Pomerantsev's book should be required reading for each of them."--CNN.com
"The truth was supposed to set us free. But Peter Pomerantsev's brilliant This Is Not Propaganda shows how the very idea of truth has been weaponized by dictators and other enemies of liberty. These techniques, first used against us in Russia, have spread around the globe like a toxic cloud. Taking us from the Philippines to Ukraine to MAGA-land, Pomerantsev is an unparalleled tour guide of our post-truth world-and what we all must learn to survive in it."--Garry Kasparov, chairman of the Renew Democracy Initiative and author of Winter Is Coming
"In this moving, unusual, and carefully reported book, Peter Pomerantsev reminds us that propaganda is not just a political tool: it can also shape individuals, their relationships with their children, their friendships, their marriages. Far more than just another take on today's chaotic information wars, this book argues that we will have to understand how propaganda seeks to shape our deepest thoughts and feelings before we can confront it."--Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag and Red Famine
"Insightful. . . . Diagnoses our fact-distorting age with understanding and acuity."--New York Times
"Vivid and chilling reports from the frontlines of the disinformation wars."--Foreign Affairs