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Books as Weapons ✺ [BOOKS] ✮ Books as Weapons By John B. Hench ❄ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Only weeks after the D Day invasion of June 6 1944 a surprising cargo crates of books joined the flood of troop reinforcements weapons and ammunition food and medicine onto Normandy beaches The books Only weeks after the D Day invasion of June a surprising cargo crates of books joined books as PDF or the flood of troop reinforcements weapons and ammunition food and medicine onto Normandy beaches The books were destined for French bookshops to be followed by millions American books in translation but also in English ultimately distributed throughout Europe and the rest of the world The British were doing similar work which was uneasily coordinated with that of the Americans within the Psychological Warfare Division of General Eisenhower's Supreme Headuarters Allied Expeditionary Force under General Eisenhower's command books as Weapons tells the little known story of the vital partnership between American book publishers and the US government to put carefully selected recent books highlighting American history and values into the hands of civilians liberated from Axis forces The government desired to use books to help disintoxicate the minds of these people from the Nazi and Japanese propaganda and censorship machines and to win their friendship This objective dovetailed perfectly with US publishers' ambitions to find new profits in international markets which had been dominated by Britain France and Germany before their book trades were devastated by the war Key figures on both the trade and government sides of the program considered books the most enduring propaganda of all and thus effective weapons in the war of ideas both during the war and afterward when the Soviet Union flexed its military might and demonstrated its propaganda savvy Seldom have books been charged with greater responsibility or imbued with significanceJohn B Hench leavens this fully international account of the programs with fascinating vignettes set in the war rooms of Washington and London publishers' offices throughout the world and the jeeps in which information officers drove over bomb rutted roads to bring the books to people who were hungering for them books as Weapons provides context for continuing debates about the relationship between government and private enterprise and the image of the United States abroad.


2 thoughts on “Books as Weapons

  1. Boston Book Bums Boston Book Bums says:

    No fluffy book that finds cute facts to assemble a vibrant picture Hench’s Books As Weapons uses a researchers eye to create possibly the most complete work on the collision of book and martial culture


  2. Kristin Kristin says:

    Great discussion of the US government's politicization of books and reading during WWII Fascinating stuff and oh so useful to my research A very readable history and scholarly book


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2 thoughts on “Books as Weapons

  1. Boston Book Bums Boston Book Bums says:

    No fluffy book that finds cute facts to assemble a vibrant picture Hench’s Books As Weapons uses a researchers eye to create possibly the most complete work on the collision of book and martial culture

  2. Kristin Kristin says:

    Great discussion of the US government's politicization of books and reading during WWII Fascinating stuff and oh so useful to my research A very readable history and scholarly book

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