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Brainwashing for fun and profit!

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Brainwashing is a Cinch!
Maratta
1966

Of course I am interested in any book that would allow me to bend people to my will. (The longer I am in this profession, I realize that I really want to be a librarian dictator.) Our author defines brainwashing as substituting one belief for another. By using the power of suggestion and saying things a bit differently, you can control the people around you. Sure. Whatever.

However, the second half of the book is crazy on a whole new level. Our guy has a bunch of ideas and he is here to educate us all on the American way of life. Evidently, the poor, minorities, and women aren’t understanding how much good white men do for them. We have been brainwashed into thinking that there is a problem in how the American way of life works.

Take a look at some of the text. Poverty is a good teacher and an “honorable way of life.”  Evidently, poor people and minorities are not appreciative enough of the concept of opportunity. He doesn’t stop at poverty and racism, there is also another diatribe on how women have “lost ground.” The ladies need to appreciate that the men are the ones that teach them and provide for them. Men should be the breadwinner and women keep house. Note his letter to the ladies about their greed and other failings. Even violence on the street is the fault of these mothers. (How can men respect them when they do this?)

I will be in the back, weeping for humanity, once again.

Mary

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The End is Near

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Hide!
Blackschleger
1959

I better read this book quickly. Evidently the end is near – or not so near, since it is 2017. (Although there has been a plague of insanity in the USA that makes me wonder.) Our guy Blackschleger has the world figured out. He has so many theories on everything: Atlantis, dinosaurs, brainwashing, eugenics, parenting, healthy living, and much more.  There is just no end to Herb’s expertise. He also uses CAPS LOCK and seems VERY SHOUTY. I felt tired just reading a few pages.

Herb has some nice rules for a healthy living including limiting sex, because you can get addicted! Herb really does have all the answers.

Mary

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Sex, Sadism, and Murder

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The Wasted Years
Stearn
1968 (original copyright 1959)

Earlier this year we published a post about teen sex depravity, or what I like to call “nonfiction erotica.” A serious subject is presented with “facts” and reporting that is salacious at best. This book is no different. A quick search says that Stern made a career of writing these kinds of books. I actually get a kick out of these old books, mostly for interesting cover art and the sensational headlines and book blurbs. Evidently this teen mayhem was ubiquitous during the 50s.  Reading these books makes me really question what my mother was doing as a teen in the 1950s

Shocking indeed!

Mary

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