OVERRIDE

Brainwash

The Secret History of Mind Control

Dominic Streatfeild

Picador

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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Praise for Brainwash

"Breathless . . . reads like a spy thriller."--The Guardian (UK)

 

"Marvelously engrossing. This book is a series of wonderfully detailed and cleverly told stories, each of which debunks the brainwashing myth. Streatfeild's narrative control cannot be faulted. His research is formidable."--The Sunday Times (UK)

 

"An expansive and multifaceted exploration of brainwashing in its multitude of forms."--Booklist

 

Praise for Cocaine:

 

"[Streatfeild] is an excellent storyteller . . . a great read."--The Seattle Times

 

"A breezy history . . . often arresting, sometimes sobering."--The Washington Post

 

"[Streatfeild's] smartly woven narrative winningly expands the narcotic's résumé beyond overdose horror stories."--GQ

 

"A thrilling ride through exotic territory. Streatfeild's animated writing style . . . makes for an exciting read."--Time Out New York

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  • Dominic Streatfeild

  • DOMINIC STREATFEILD is a writer and documentary filmmaker, and the author of Cocaine, which The Sunday Times described as "a definitive history."

  • Dominic Streatfeild
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