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Now Hear This: Radio War Propagandists

The following is an article from the book History’s Lists from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. During America’s wars, they were considered entertainers more than harbingers of fear to U.S. troops. But sometimes media stars like Tokyo Rose and Hanoi Hannah broadcast strategic information that there’s no way the enemy should have known. As radio propagandists transmitting from [...]

How the Führer Stole Christmas

While the Third Reich was described by many as having many of the trappings of a religious sect – it was led by a cult figure with Messianic visions, had its own dogma and rituals and earned, by merit of by force, the faith of a congregation – Hitler was very clear about having no [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Altered Images

It’s all over the news this week – Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram decided to do a little Photoshopping on what should have been a rather benign picture. But it’s far from the first time a picture has been doctored for political reasons. Here are 10 of them (OK, nine – you’ll see why when you get [...]