Best of Enemies (Paperback)

Britain and Germany - Truth and Lies in Two World Wars

Richard Milton

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Richard Milton exposes the secrets of a relationship steeped in mutual admiration, blood and propaganda.In August 1914, Britain’s first act of war was not to mobilise its army or the Grand Fleet. It was to cut cables preventing German propaganda from reaching American newspapers. This war of words would quickly become as vicious as the slaughter on the Western Front.For a century, Britain and Germany had been closer than any other two countries. Germany was Britain’s biggest export market, and vice versa. Germans adopted English dress, customs and manners. German thinking on race, national identity, eugenics, and racial supremacy also had its roots in British thinkers like Darwin, Huxley and Galton. Even as late as the Nazi era, Hess, Himmler, Goering and Hitler himself remained passionate Anglophiles.During WW1, however, Germany, Britain and the USA spent billions on clandestine propaganda to blacken each other’s reputations. This gargantuan effort gave birth to the PR industry itself – later seized upon by Nazi propagandist Goebbels to devastating effect.Richard Milton’s expertly written popular history gives a fresh perspective on this tumultuous, painful love-hate relationship, and is also a brilliant study of propaganda itself – now more than ever a vital weapon of war.

Richard Milton is a writer, journalist and broadcaster who also works as a PR consultant. He is a principal presenter for The PR Training Centre in London and has lectured in PR and Journalism at Buckingham University. His other books include The Facts of Life (Fourth Estate, 1992) and Forbidden Science (Fourth Estate, 1994).

‘Unless I am wholly deceived, the Germans speaking generally, from Hitler to the man in the street, do want friendly relations with Great Britain. There are no doubt many who don’t: and the leading men may be deliberately throwing dust in our eyes. But I don’t think so…’ Lord Halifax in the 1930s
‘An authoritative compilation.’Sunday Times
‘Agreeably readable’Irish Independent

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ISBN: 9781848310032

Price: 8.99

Pages: 288

Publication date: 03/07/2008

Category: History & Current Affairs

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