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A number of useful resources for studying propaganda are available, including web sites and books.

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  • Stuart Ewen, PR! A Social History of Spin (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1996), ISBN 0-465-06168-0. Ewen examines the historical origins of the public relations industry.
  • Garth S. Jowett and Victoria O'Donnell, Propaganda and Persuasion (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 1999), ISBN 0-7619-1147-2. Jowett and O'Donnell offer a scholarly analysis of the history of propaganda from antiquity, beginning with Alexander the Great and ending with the first war in the Persian Gulf.
  • Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black, Hollywood Goes to War: How Politics, Profits and Propaganda Shaped World War II Movies (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990), ISBN 0-520-07161-1. Koppes and Black offer a fascinating examination of the relationship between the Roosevelt administration and Hollywood filmmakers, showing how propaganda influenced movies such as Little Tokyo, USA, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Mr. Lucky, Mrs. Miniver and Casablanca.
  • William Lutz, Doublespeak (New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 1990), ISBN 0-06-016134-5. Lutz, a professor at Rutgers University, shows how doublespeak jargon has polluted the public mindspace with phrases designed to obscure the meaning of plain English. Examples include revenue enhancement (tax increase), negative patient care outcome (death), and energetic disassembly (an explosion at a nuclear power plant).
  • Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, 'Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry (Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1995, ISBN 1-56751-060-4.
  • Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future (New York, NY: Tarcher/Putnam, 2001), ISBN 1-58542-139-1.
  • Christopher Simpson, 'Science of Coercion: Communication Research and Psychological Warfare, 1945-1960] (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1994), ISBN 0-19-510292-4.
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman.

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