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The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media


Illustrated by Josh Neufeld



 "The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media" is the 8th Anchorage Reads selection. Anchorage Reads is an Anchorage Public Library program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by encouraging people of different ages and backgrounds to engage in a shared reading experience and talk about one book. 

We welcome everyone in our community to pick up a copy and get reading. Anyone can participate. Share with your co-workers, friends and family, or a class or book group.  Pick up the current book at your local library, download an eBook from Listen Alaska, or purchase at your favorite bookstore. APL Book Club Bag kits are available for checkout to local book groups.


“Brooke Gladstone’s The Influencing Machine is so remarkable that it is hard to describe. The best I can do is: it’s a book about the history and current controversies of the media, all done as a Spiegelman-style comic-strip narrative. Brooke herself (or at least an avatar) leads you through it all, and her ‘voice’—well known after her years as host of NPR’s On the Media—comes through loud and clear, thanks to Josh Neufeld's witty drawings. I learned a lot, including a lot that I should have known already, and enjoyed every minute.”  
— Michael Kinsley, author of Please Don't Remain Calm.



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