Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 6, 2007 - History - 418 pages
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What would it take to turn you into a suicide bomber?

How would you interrogate a member of Al Qaeda?

With access to formerly classified documentation and interviews from the CIA, the U.S. Army, MI5, MI6, and the British Intelligence Corps, acclaimed journalist Dominic Streatfeild traces the history of the world's most secret psychological procedure.

From the cold war to the height of today's war on terror, groups as dissimilar as armies, religious cults, and advertising agencies have been accused of brainwashing. But what does this mean?

Is it possible to erase memories or to implant them artificially? Do heavy-metal records contain subliminal messages? Do religious cults brainwash recruits? What were the CIA and MI6 doing with LSD in the 1950s? How far have the world's militaries really gone?

From the author of the definitive history of cocaine, Brainwash is required reading in an era of cutting-edge and often controversial interrogation practices. More than just an examination of the techniques used by the CIA, the KGB, and the Taliban, it is also a gripping, full history of the heated efforts to master the elusive, secret techniques of mind control.

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I had a nice, detailed rant typed up, but Goodreads deleted it, so here goes a less detailed rant: The Good: I learned quite a bit, and was given avenues down which to pursue further reading on the ... Read full review

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The author is trying to defend a lost case with no rational evidences! The book isn't worth the ink and the papers. I am sorry to waste my time! Read full review

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Dominic Streatfeild is a writer and documentary filmmaker. His television work includes the Discovery Channel’s series Age of Terror, which examined the roots of political violence. Airing in over 150 countries, Age of Terror featured interviews with members of eighteen terrorist groups, including FARC, the IRA, the Shining Path, and Hezbollah, and won a British Broadcast Award in 2003. He is the author of Cocaine, which the Sunday Times (UK) described as “a definitive history.”

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