Brainwash

The Secret History of Mind Control

Dominic Streatfeild

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Behind the front lines of every war in the world, prisoners are forced to sit for interrogation: manipulated, coerced, and sometimes tortured--often without ever being touched. Brainwash is a history of the methods intended to destroy and reconstruct the minds of captives, to extract information, convert dissidents, and lead peaceful men to kill and be killed.

With access to formerly classified documentation and interviews from the CIA, U.S. Army, MI5, MI6, and British Intelligence Corps, Dominic Streatfeild traces the evolution of mind control from its origins in the Cold War to the height of today's war on terror. Vivid and disturbing, Brainwash is essential insight into the modern practice of interrogation and torture.

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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."

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Brainwash
The Secret History of Mind Control
Dominic Streatfeild

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Trade Paperback
Picador
May 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312427924
ISBN10: 0312427921
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 432 pages
$20.00

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
May 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466834507
ISBN10: 1466834501
432 pages
$7.99
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