Selling the Great War by Alan Axelrod
The Making of American Propaganda

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Selling the Great War is the story of maverick journalist George Creel and the epoch-making government agency he built and led using the emerging industries of mass advertising and public relations to convince isolationist America to join World War I. Authorized by President Woodrow Wilson and created and run by Creel, the Committee on Public Information had one goal: to monopolize every medium and and avenue of communication in order to forge a nation of warriors for democracy. Alan Axelrod offers a fascinating investigation of America on the cusp of becoming a world power and how its first and most extensive propaganda machine attained unprecedented results.  
 

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Alan Axelrod was born on August 25, 1952, in New York. He was educated at Northeastern Illinois University and University of Iowa. He is a leading writer about American history, and is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History. In his books, Axelrod presents the facts, details, and faces that have helped shape the history of the United States. Axelrod has served as a consultant to several museums and institutions. He has received numerous honors, including a National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award in 1991.
 
Published March 3, 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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In 1916, Woodrow Wilson campaigned on the slogan, “He kept us out of war!” Within months after his reelection he sought congressional authority for a war to make the “world…safe for democracy.” To marshal his determinedly isolationist countrymen, Wilson turned to Creel, whose background in politi...

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