Why did I love this book?
If you think a book from 1957 doesn’t have anything to tell us, think again.
I loved this book when I discovered it as a teenager. It opened my eyes to how we’re all influenced and manipulated in our daily lives. Packard warned us, long before the age of social media, that if we weren’t careful, we’d lose our trust in democracy and our sense of freedom.
It sparked an early, and enduring, interest in how we need to remain externally vigilant, not only to obvious assaults on democracy, but also to less visible forces.