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Great Mind Series #94: Norman Solomon

Great Mind Series #94: Corporate Power vs. Progressive Populism feat. Norman Solomon


The 94th Great Minds Salon features Norman Solomon, a famed activist, journalist and author of a dozen books including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. Solomon is also the co-founder and national coordinator of, which has 1.2 million active supporters online in the United States. Hosted by Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl, Moderator: David Dayen. 

The LA Times called War Made Easy “brutally persuasive” and “a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come.” The newspaper’s reviewer added: “Solomon is a formidable thinker and activist.” A full-length documentary film, narrated by Sean Penn, was based on War Made EasyThe New York Times review called the film “ultimately persuasive” and said: “Many of its arguments have been made before … but Mr. Solomon digs deeper and hammers harder.”

Event Date: 
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00pm
939 San Vicente Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90402
War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9780471790013
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Published: Wiley - June 1st, 2006

War Made Easy cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key ""perception management"" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades. This guide to disinformation analyzes American military adventures past and present to reveal striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war. War Made Easy is essential reading. It documents a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power and lays out important guidelines to help readers distinguish a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. With War Made Easy, every reader can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid costly and unnecessary wars.