War & Visual Media

Visual media, such as posters and photographs, play a significant role in shaping public opinion during war. These books at the library explore that role.

War Posters: Weapons of Mass Communication
By James Aulich
This book features more than 250 full-color illustrations of hard-hitting propaganda and groundbreaking graphic art. It encompasses iconic images such as Alfred Leete's "Your Country Needs You" as well as additional material drawn from the world of advertising and documentary photographs of posters in situ. Covering topics as diverse as advertising in World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, Germany and Occupied Europe in World War II, anti-nuclear campaigns, and Vietnam, the book is comprehensive and highly analytical, yet accessible.

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Persuasive Images: Posters of War and Revolution from the Hoover Institution Archives
By Peter Paret, Beth Irwin Lewis, and Paul Paret
This book treats the poster both as art and as historical witness. Posters are not relegated to the secondary role of illustrating a historical text nor are they treated as autonomous aesthetic objects in a history of applied arts. Instead they are substantial components of a historical narrative that is made up of both image and text. The close interaction of words and posters drawn from Russia, central and western Europe, and the United States, opens fresh perspectives on a half century of war and revolution and constitutes a step toward a new kind of integrative history that conveys the past with unusual immediacy.

Design for Victory: World War II Posters on the American Home Front
By William L. Bird, Jr. and Harry R. Rubenstein
The poster - inexpensive, colorful, and immediate - was an ideal medium for delivering messages about Americans' duties on the home front during World War II. Design for Victory presents more than 150 of these stunning images - many never reproduced since their first issue - culled from the collections of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The authors describe the history of how specific posters were conceived and received, focusing on the workings of the wartime advertising profession and demonstrating how posters often reflected uneasy relations between labor and management.

The Censored War: American Visual Experience During World War Two
By George H. Roeder Jr.
This book explores how the opinion of Americans was manipulated during World War II by the images they were allowed to see, those they were not, and those that were specifically manufactured for them. It considers photographs censored by the military, recruitment posters, newsreels, and other images. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want!: Remixed War Propaganda
By Micah Ian Wright
The Emmy-nominated writer for Nicktoons' The Angry Beavers presents this collection of provocative political posters from World War I and World War II that have been reworked for the post-9/11 era and skewer the war mentality, the Bush White House, and the War on Terror.

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