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"Learn how the perception of truth has been weaponized in modern politics with this "insightful" account of propaganda in Russia and beyond during the age of disinformation" (New York Times)

When information is a weapon, every opinion is an act of war.

We live in a world of influence operations run amok, where dark ads, psyops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, and Trump seek to shape our very reality. In this surreal atmosphere created to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth, we've lost not only our grip on peace and democracy -- but our very notion of what those words even mean.

Peter Pomerantsev takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age, where he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, "behavioral change" salesmen, Jihadi fanboys, Identitarians, truth cops, and many others. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, Pomerantsev finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia - but the answers he finds there are not what he expected.

Blending reportage, family history, and intellectual adventure, This Is Not Propaganda explores how we can reimagine our politics and ourselves when reality seems to be coming apart. 

©2019 Peter Pomerantsev (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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FANTASTIC WORK

Enjoyed this audiobook enormously. Smart, perceptive and humorous observations of current global social and political conditions. Narrator is wonderful as well. Thanks for the pleasure. I am totally in agreement with the author that for the last 6 years THE WORLD IS MOVING BACK TO the USSR.

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Very thought provoking!

This is a very thought provoking account of how we arrived at the world we find ourselves in. Whether you live in the West or the East, Capitalists, Socialist, or Communist this in depth look at media passive or social shows how those in power can use it to maintain their power, and convince us that there motivates are in our best interests. This book is a warning to all of us no matter if we lean left, right, or center to look beyond what we hear, see, and read in the media but to verify and question that information before we blindly follow any one claiming to be leading us to better pastures .

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Thought provoking!

In-depth analysis of past and current events, with underlying disparate messaging and search for identity - all masterly put together to create a thought-provoking narrative. I am now a fan!

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incredible book

Incredibly important book. I'll be referring to it over and over again to make sense of the modern social and political landscape.

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Shocking and disturbing yet moving

A unique book, detailing the disinformation wars that are disintegrating societies and consciousness itself.. Interviews with fascinating personalities worldwide.

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Quiet scary times we live in today

We're absolutely helpless against missinformation and manipulation of the media and internet landscape. There is nothing clearly we can do to truly get out of this conondrum without filtration and stricter policies to protect our democratic way of life.

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An important book, chilling

In Everything is Possible he exposed the sophisticated information machinery in Russia,. Here he goes global. It should have come as no surprise to me that media has been weaponized but it did. Worse, I was surprised how far along that effort is, and how clever. For one example, by contradicting scientific fact with disinformation consumers can be encourage to question truth itself, and then rally behind a leader who confidently mocks it. Why face real problems when you can deny them? There are troll farms and AI bots, and fabricated protests which provide nothing but theater. He gets inside these institutions and turns them inside out for us. I highly recommend this book. Like his previous book, it's expertly crafted ... and this narration is solid.

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Great narrator, bad book

You were supposed to destroy the propagandists, not join them! Incredibly biased, randomly through in opinions so you'd confuse them with the facts Funny a book about propaganda and manipulation tries so hard to do exactly what it preaches against. Aside from that it feels directionless, I kept waiting for a conclusion to tie it all together but it never came.

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Shallow insights with a strong Leftist Bias

I was hoping for further insight into covert propaganda, but found the "insights" to be shallow, predictable, uninformed, and worst of all, they evidenced a massive bias against Conservative voices in America. The book seems more like an example of covert propaganda than an expose.

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