A New History of Thought Control

Daniel Pick
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In 1953, at the end of the Korean War, twenty-two British and American prisoners of war were released - and chose to stay in China. The decision sparked panic in the West: Why didn' t they want to come home? What was going on? Soon, people were saying that the POWs had been ' brainwashed' , a new word for an old idea: that it is possible to control or change someone' s mind from the outside without their permission. In an era of Cold War paranoia, the idea of brainwashing flourished - appearing in everything from Bond films and CIA experiments to the assassination of JFK. Today we still talk of being ' brainwashed' by advertising and television. But what is the truth behind brainwashing? Psychologist and historian Daniel Pick delves into the mysterious world of mind control in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from The Manchurian Candidate to ISIS. Mixing his own case studies with historical and psychological insights, Brainwashed is a stimulating journey into the bizarre and fascinating world of thought control.
Praise for Rome or Death: ' Pick scrupulously examines the scientific background to Garibaldi' s obsession . . . stimulating, often ingenious approach . . . a clever and illuminating study' - Independent on Sunday ' Tremendous . . . Pick tells the story of Garibaldi' s failed Tiber venture with flair, mingling psychological speculation with biography and history' - Sunday Telegraph ' A fascinating dissection of a slice of European history' - Economist ' A fascinating exploration' - Daily Telegraph
Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst, historian, university teacher, writer and occasional broadcaster. He is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and author of several books on modern cultural history, psychoanalysis, and the history of the human sciences.