Hitler's War: World War II as Portrayed by Signal, the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine

Hitler's War: World War II as Portrayed by Signal, the International Nazi Propaganda Magazine

by Jeremy Harwood
     
 

In Hitler’s War, historian Jeremy Harwood charts the downfall of the Nazi regime through the lens of their own 1940–1945 propaganda publication, Signal magazine.
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In Hitler’s War, historian Jeremy Harwood charts the downfall of the Nazi regime through the lens of their own 1940–1945 propaganda publication, Signal magazine.

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Paging through this well-wrought collection can be slightly surreal, like looking into an alternative past, but also fascinating" - World War II magazine

STARRED REVIEW "Modeled after Picture Post in Britain and Life and National Geographic in the United States, Signal magazine was Nazi ­Germany's most successful wartime propaganda publication; its peak circulation reached 2.5 million copies per issue. This chronicle of the magazine's life span, which mirrors that of the Third Reich (April 1940-March 1945), ­offers a fascinatingly rich and detailed German civilian-centric account and viewpoint of the war, world, and culture. In both full pages and snippets clipped from the publication, every front of the spectacle of war and the German perspective is examined and framed chronologically-the battles and conquests, articles, ads, graphics, human-interest stories, and entertainment/society coverage-with that selective intonation and controlled word choice we've become fascinated with in propaganda and that no doubt propels its enduring intrigue. Owing dually to the effective production value of the publication and Harwood's (The Secret History of Freemasonry) deft presentation of the material, though the story is understood (and it's impossible not to measure the text retrospectively, knowingly aware of the gravity and sensational delusion), this book feels immediate and intimate. ­VERDICT Carrying an organic empirical quality rarely facilitated by a historical text, this rich and fascinating study is for World War II enthusiasts, historians, socioculturalists, and journalists." - Library Journal

Library Journal
★ 06/15/2014
Modeled after Picture Post in Britain and Life and National Geographic in the United States, Signal magazine was Nazi Germany's most successful wartime propaganda publication; its peak circulation reached 2.5 million copies per issue. This chronicle of the magazine's life span, which mirrors that of the Third Reich (April 1940–March 1945), offers a fascinatingly rich and detailed German civilian-centric account and viewpoint of the war, world, and culture. In both full pages and snippets clipped from the publication, every front of the spectacle of war and the German perspective is examined and framed chronologically—the battles and conquests, articles, ads, graphics, human-interest stories, and entertainment/society coverage—with that selective intonation and controlled word choice we've become fascinated with in propaganda and that no doubt propels its enduring intrigue. Owing dually to the effective production value of the publication and Harwood's (The Secret History of Freemasonry) deft presentation of the material, though the story is understood (and it's impossible not to measure the text retrospectively, knowingly aware of the gravity and sensational delusion), this book feels immediate and intimate. VERDICT Carrying an organic empirical quality rarely facilitated by a historical text, this rich and fascinating study is for World War II enthusiasts, historians, socioculturalists, and journalists.—Benjamin Malczewski, Toledo-Lucas Cty. P.L.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760346211
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
06/15/2014
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
713,974
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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