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The censored war : American visual experience during World War Two

Author: George H Roeder
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Early in World War II censors placed all photographs of dead and badly wounded Americans in a secret Pentagon file known to officials as the Chamber of Horrors. Later, as government leaders became concerned about public complacency brought on by Allied victories, they released some of these photographs of war's brutality. But to the war's end and after, they continued to censor photographs of mutilated or
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George H Roeder
ISBN: 0300057237 9780300057232 9780300062915 0300062915
OCLC Number: 26546195
Description: xi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Rationing Death --
Visual Essay 1: Playing the Death Card --
Ch. 2. A Cast of Millions --
Visual Essay 2: Moving Pictures --
Ch. 3. War as a Way of Seeing --
Visual Essay 3: War as Monologue --
Ch. 4. War Costs --
Visual Essay 4: War Legacies.
Other Titles: American visual experience during World War Two.
Responsibility: George H. Roeder Jr.

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American public opinion about World War II was manipulated both by wartime images that citizens were allowed to see and by the images that were suppressed. This book tells of how this occurred, and  Read more...

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