The Press: Propaganda, 1918 Style

In September 1918, two months before the Armistice that brought World War I to its weary end, Everybody's Magazine (now defunct) published an article by a Texas-born newspaperman and novelist, Eugene P. Lyle Jr., predicting World War II. Laid in the future like one of H. G. Wells's fantasies, it was called The War of 1938. Lyle's story was a forthright piece of propaganda. His object in The War of 1038 was to discourage talk of a negotiated peace, persuade the Allies to crush Germany altogether.

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