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This Is Not Propaganda


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Peter Pomerantsev is a Senior Fellow at the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics where he runs the Arena Initiative, dedicated to investigating the roots of disinformation and what to about them. He has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee. He is a Contributing Editor and columnist at the American Interest. His first book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns Prizes. It is translated into over a dozen languages.


"[Pomerantsev] describes in detail how social media have been weaponized by the bad guys...The contrast between the tight regulation of information by repressive regimes in the 20th century, and the free-for-all of today's media environment, gives the book its disconcerting force."--Economist
"A patchwork tapestry that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief."--The Guardian on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"Captivating...keen observations."--New York Times Book Review on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"Groundbreaking.... Every Democratic candidate should have a plan for how to counter disinformation and misinformation in American politics. Pomerantsev's book should be required reading for each of them."--CNN.com
"In this moving, unusual, and carefully reported book, Peter Pomerantsev reminds us that propaganda is not just a political tool: it can also shape individuals, their relationships with their children, their friendships, their marriages. Far more than just another take on today's chaotic information wars, this book argues that we will have to understand how propaganda seeks to shape our deepest thoughts and feelings before we can confront it."--Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag and Red Famine
"Insightful. . . . Diagnoses our fact-distorting age with understanding and acuity."--New York Times
"It is hard to think of another work that better describes today's Russia; Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible may very well be the defining book about the Putin era."--Commentary Magazine on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"The truth was supposed to set us free. But Peter Pomerantsev's brilliant This Is Not Propaganda shows how the very idea of truth has been weaponized by dictators and other enemies of liberty. These techniques, first used against us in Russia, have spread around the globe like a toxic cloud. Taking us from the Philippines to Ukraine to MAGA-land, Pomerantsev is an unparalleled tour guide of our post-truth world-and what we all must learn to survive in it."--Garry Kasparov, chairman of the Renew DemocracyInitiative and author of Winter Is Coming
"This is a gripping and unsettling account of life in grim post-Soviet Russia."--Washington Post on Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
"Vivid and chilling reports from the frontlines of the disinformation wars."--Foreign Affairs

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