Massaging the Message: Propaganda and the Rise of Populism

Manipulating the Masses Woodrow Wilson and the birth of American propaganda by John Maxwell Hamilton - book cover

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Leading experts on propaganda discuss its impact on democracy.

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At this crucial moment of international fracture, join John Maxwell Hamilton, author of Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda, and historian Adam Smith, Director of the Rothermere American Institute, as they discuss the early origins of propaganda, the idealists who invented it and the ways it has evolved to threaten democracy in the 21st century.

John Maxwell Hamilton is the Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He reported for the Milwaukee Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and ABC radio. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The Nation. In the 1980s the National Journal said Hamilton shaped public opinion about international relations ‘more than any other single journalist’. He is author or co-author of seven books. Manipulating the Masses has won numerous awards including the Goldsmith Prize.

Adam Smith is the Edward Orsborn Professor of US Politics & Political History and the Director of the Rothermere American Institute. He taught for 16 years at UCL before taking up his current position at Oxford. His specialism is the American Civil War, slavery in the United States and democratic politics in various settings. He presents RAI’s Last Best Hope podcast series exploring USA culture, politics and history, and regularly presents documentaries on BBC Radio. His books include No Party Now and The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865 which won the Jefferson Davis Prize.

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Name: Massaging the Message: Propaganda and the Rise of Populism
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