How to Win an Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler

    Peter Pomerantsev

    How to Win an Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler

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'Elegant, effortlessly readable . . . essential reading for the new dark age of disinformation.' 

'Original . . . Pomerantsev digs deep into the past history of information warfare, in order to help us understand how to fight charlatans and fear mongers in the present.' ANNE APPLEBAUM

'Excellent, carefully researched and beautifully written . . . To be read by everyone seeking perspective on all the lies of war and all the wars of lies.' TIMOTHY SNYDER

From one of our leading experts on disinformation, the incredible true story of the complex and largely forgotten WWII propagandist Sefton Delmer - and what we can learn from him today.

In the summer of 1941, Hitler and his allies ruled Europe from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Britain was struggling to combat the powerful Nazi propaganda machine, which crowed victory and smeared its enemies.

However, inside Germany, there was one notable voice of dissent from the very heart of the military machine - Der Chef, a German whose radio broadcasts skilfully questioned Nazi doctrine. He had access to high-ranking military secrets and spoke of internal rebellion. His listeners included German soldiers and citizens. But what these audiences didn't know was that Der Chef was a fiction, a character created by the British propagandist Sefton Delmer, just one player in his vast counter-propaganda cabaret, a unique weapon in the war.

As author Peter Pomerantsev uncovers Delmer's story, he is called into a wartime propaganda effort of his own: the global response to Putin's invasion of Ukraine. This book is the story of Delmer and his modern-day investigator, as they each embark on their own quest to seduce and inspire the passions of supporters and enemies, and to turn the tide of information wars.

Format/pages: paperback / 320 pages

ISBN: 9780571366354

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Year: 2024

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