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National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood

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This is a book about secrecy, militarism, manipulation, and censorship at the heart of the world’s leading democracy—and about those who fight them.

Using thousands of pages of documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, 'National Security Cinema' exclusively reveals that the national security state—led by the CIA and Pentagon—has worked on more than eight-h
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Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published June 27th 2017
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Kevin Gosztola
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Few realize how hundreds of films and thousands of television episodes are influenced by the government. The Pentagon and CIA, in particular, shape entertainment by promising logistical support and equipment in return for script revisions. These changes are not innocent but designed to undermine subversive messages about the military, etc.

Through this low-budget book, Tom Secker and Matthew Alford do a good job of documenting several recent films and the government influence that weakened messag
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Christopher
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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A vital and worthy narrative of the infiltration of pro-pentagon narratives into mass entertainment, but one also occasionally marred by bizarre takes on some of the films overviewed. Even the mediocre 'Contact' surely cannot be hyperbolicly labeled as 'white supremacist' or even the fast and lose coverage of actual events in 'Hotel Rwanda' cannot be quantified by what happened in that country after the events of when it takes place with the later Mugabe government (many of which were certainly ...more
Valiant Thor
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A solid treatment of a very important topic. It's clear to anyone with "eyes to see and ears to hear" that military/intelligence works hand-in-glove with Hollywood, but this book provides the facts that back it up, with many specific examples of how it's done, even if what's in the book is just the tip of the iceberg.

The book is readable, not overly long, and manages to stay admirably objective in the face of a practice deserving of contempt.

Perhaps the best protection against the subtle (and
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Jenni Ludtke
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well researched and well written

The explanations of script changes and how these changes changed the overall message of the movies was most interesting, as well as examples of why certain films were never made. As well researched as it could be, especially given the lack of information readily available.
The one small downside is it could use better editing ,as there were a few parts that were literally repetitive parts from a few paragraphs earlier. Overall, very interesting and informative.
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