Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda (Hardcover)
Winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize by the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Manipulating the Masses tells the story of the enduring threat to American democracy that arose out of World War I: the establishment of pervasive, systematic propaganda as an instrument of the state. During the Great War, the federal government exercised unprecedented power to shape the views and attitudes of American citizens. Its agent for this was the Committee on Public Information (CPI), established by President Woodrow Wilson one week after the United States entered the war in April 1917.
About the Author
John Maxwell Hamilton, a former journalist and government official, is the Hopkins P. Breazeale LSU Foundation Professor of Journalism in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He has authored and edited many books, including Journalism's Roving Eye, winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize.