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Paul Mason on Friedrich's 'War Against War'

Paul Mason of The Guardian reviews War Against War!, published by Spokesman, in his piece 'Horrific pictures of dead bodies won't stop wars' (23 November 2014). 

'Friedrich’s work represented a breakthrough. Before then, imagery of war had been subject to absolute censorship during conflict and diluted for the sake of “taste and decency” by the media during peacetime.'

Mason juxtaposes Friedrich's intentions in publishing this graphically illustrated book against the frustrations of contemporary war journalists and photographers; whereas 'the first world war was begun in ignorance about the horrors of war', now 'a disbelieving public has come to see all graphic imagery of war as potentially fake, manipulated or propagandist.'

The full article is available to read online here:

War Against War! by Ernst Friedrich is available from Spokesman Books at:

Event: Bread and Roses weekend - Nottingham 21-23rd November 2014

Owen Jones on the Establishment | Iain Sinclair in conversation | Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party) | Sheila Cohen, Alan Tuckman and Tom Unterrainer on unions | Tansy Hoskins on the garment industry | A Modern Don Juan book launch| Music and magic from Frankie Armstrong, Grace Petrie, Sandra Kerr, Leon Rosselson, Ian Saville, Boff Whalley | Will Simpson and Jim Keoghan on punk football | Phil Cohen on the 1960s | Marie Thompson on protest music | Marcus O'Dair on Robert Wyatt | Isabel Cartwright on peace education | Ruth Kinna on anarchism for beginners