Peter Pomerantsev: This Is Not Propaganda; 9/11 at 7 at MPC

September 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 PM at Montclair Presbyterian Church as we welcome Peter Pomerantsev reading from his new book, THIS IS NOT PROPAGANDA (

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality

When information is a weapon, every opinion is an act of war.

We live in a world of influence operations run amok, where dark ads, psyops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, and Trump seek to shape our very reality. In this surreal atmosphere created to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth, we've lost not only our grip on peace and democracy--but our very notion of what those words even mean.

Peter Pomerantsev takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age, where he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, "behavioral change" salesmen, Jihadi fanboys, Identitarians, truth cops, and many others. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, Pomerantsev finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia--but the answers he finds there are not what he expected.

About the Author

Peter Pomerantsev is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an author and TV producer. He studies propaganda and media development, and 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 writes for publications including Granta, The Atlantic, Financial Times, London Review of Books, Politico and many others. 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.

Praise For…

"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 Democracy Initiative and author of Winter Is Coming

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ISBN: 9781541762114
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Published: PublicAffairs - August 6th, 2019

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