The Edward Bernays Reader

The Edward Bernays Reader

From Propaganda to the Engineering of Consent

Edward Bernays

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Edward Bernays is considered the father of modern propaganda techniques and public relations. His reputation and importance has increased exponentially over the past decade.

Ig has reprinted two of his titles, Propaganda (2004), which has sold over 130,000 copies, and Crystallizing Public Opinion (2011), which has sold nearly 20,000 copies.

This first ever Bernays reader will include selections from Propaganda and Crystallizing Public Opinion, the full-text of his long essay, Engineering of Consent (currently unavailable), as well as selections of his other writings on different topics on PR and propaganda.

Due to the popularity of Bernays' other titles, there should be substantial interest in a reader for people and students who want a more comprehensive collection of his work.


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Edward Bernays:
A seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays (1891-1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would “Make the World Safe for Democracy. The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon. Bernays applied the techniques he had learned in the CPI and, incorporating some of the ideas of Walter Lipmann, became an outspoken proponent of propaganda as a tool for democratic and corporate manipulation of the population. His best-known campaigns include a 1929 effort to promote female smoking by branding cigarettes as feminist "Torches of Freedom" and his work for the United Fruit Company connected with the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of the democratically elected Guatemalan government in 1954. He worked for dozens of major American corporations including Procter & Gamble and General Electric, and for government agencies, politicians, and non-profit organizations. Of his many books, Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923) and Propaganda (1928) gained special attention as early efforts to define and theorize the field of public relations. Citing works of writers such as Gustave Le Bon, Wilfred Trotter, Walter Lippmann, and Sigmund Freud (his own double uncle), he described the masses as irrational and subject to herd instinct—and outlined how skilled practitioners could use crowd psychology and psychoanalysis to control them in desirable ways.

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