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Active measures : the secret history of disinformation and political warfare

Author: Thomas Rid
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"This revelatory and dramatic history of disinformation traces the rise of secret organized deception operations from the interwar period to contemporary internet troll farms"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Rid
ISBN: 9780374287269 0374287260
OCLC Number: 1126528788
Description: vi, 513 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: What is disinformation? --
1981-1945: Deceive --
1945-1960: Forge --
1961-1975: Compete --
1975-1989: Escalate --
1990-2014: Hack --
2015-2017: Leak --
A century of disinformation.
Other Titles: Secret history of disinformation and political warfare
Responsibility: Thomas Rid.

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"This revelatory and dramatic history of disinformation traces the rise of secret organized deception operations from the interwar period to contemporary internet troll farms"--

We live in the age of disinformation. More than four months before the 2016 election, Rid warned that Russian military intelligence was attempting to disrupt the democratic process. Here he tells the story of modern disinformation, beginning with the post-Russian Revolution clash between communism and capitalism, which would come to define the Cold War. He exposes the disturbing yet colorful history of professional, organized lying, revealing for the first time some of the century's most significant operations-- many of them nearly beyond belief. Rid also sheds new light on the 2016 election, especially the role of the infamous 'troll farm' in St. Petersburg. -- adapted from jacket

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