Lee presents book on wartime propaganda at Roosevelt library

Mordecai Lee is one of 15 featured authors who will be presenting and signing books at the 2018 Roosevelt Reading Festival at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. The event on Saturday, June 16, marks the 15th anniversary of the Roosevelt Reading Festival, featuring publications that draw on materials from the library’s archives.

One of the many posters produced by Robert Horton during World War II

Lee, a professor of urban planning at UWM, will discuss his book “Promoting the War Effort: Robert Horton and Federal Propaganda, 1938-1946,” at 10 a.m. in the library’s Reading Room C. “Promoting the War Effort” is the only book length study of Roosevelt’s chief public relations strategist during the New Deal, World War II and the president’s third campaign for the presidency.

According to publisher LSU Press, “’Promoting the War Effort’ recovers this influential figure in American politics and contributes to the ongoing public debate about government public relations during a time when questions about how facts are disseminated — and spun — are of greater relevance than ever before.”

Lee’s talk will be broadcast on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23.

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