Book Review: Weapons of Mass Dissemination:
The Propaganda of War
Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War
By Marianne Lamonaca and Sarah Schleuning
Leslie Sternlieb, Editor
96 Pages, $22
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University
1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
This striking soft-cover book with more than three dozen color
plates was produced to accompany an exhibition at Wolfsonian-Florida
International University on how combatants from many sides used
propaganda, mainly ephemera, to stir the masses during World Wars
I and II. Even after the exhibit is dismantled, the catalog will
stand on its own.
The catalog contains essays on why warring governments in the 20th
century placed such an emphasis on propaganda and mass communications
to sway public opinion, and also on the design elements and language
that all sides used to involve the public.
The exhibition includes posters, matchbooks, housewares, and even
children's books and games, all designed to prepare the populace
for war, encourage enlistment in the armed forces, set behavior
standards ("Loose Lips Sink Ships!), and spur domestic production.
The second half of the book looks at each image examining why the
design elements and text are so effective.
The book also is available through the Wolfsonian's museum store
(305.535.2680) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).