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Book Review: Disinformation by Ion Mihai Pacepa

Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism definitely lives up to its title. Three-star general Ion Mihai Pacepa, the top ranking intelligence defector from the Soviet Union during the Cold War, shares the secret tactics behind the U.S.S.R.’s campaign against the United States by skillfully manipulating the media and thus the public. Disinformation is different than misinformation the same way that getting someone to tell a lie for you is different than telling the lie yourself. Pacepa maintains that a link still exists between the Left in this country and the not so former Soviet Union whereas the same tactics are used to deceive the public into accepting unreliable sources as fact. I’m borderline on whether this should be recommended reading for every highschooler. Let’s just say, if not recommended, strongly encouraged! It will definitely help open up eyes and promote a healthy skepticism. 

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