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Your Country Needs YOU

The Secret History of the Propaganda Poster

  • RRP: £16.99 (print) / £7.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Hardback
  • Extent: 156 pages
  • ISBN: 9781887354974
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781908643117
  • Genres: Arts, Culture, History
  • Book tags: art, ww1
  • Publication date: August 29, 2013


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The iconic image by Alfred Leete of Lord Kitchener with outstretched hand and finger, exhorting you to ‘do your bit’, is a design classic and has been repeatedly imitated worldwide. In the run-up to the World War?I anniversary, Your Country Needs YOU celebrates the magnificent artwork of Leete and his fellow designers, and explores their legacy. Featuring colour reproductions of propaganda posters and drawing on fresh analysis of the archives, this book challenges received historical wisdom about these hugely popular and enduring images, and reveals a surprising new history that is no less than groundbreaking.

REVIEWS OF Your Country Needs YOU

'Well illustrated … thoroughly researched … explodes the myths.' – History Today

"Wonderful...… a work that will fascinate." - BBC History magazine

'A splendid little book… [with] magnificent illustrations.' - The Spectator

Trade information

  • Rights: Worldwide Exclusive
  • BIC code(s): AKLP, JPVN, HBWN, HBJD1, 1DBK, 3JJF
  • BISAC code(s): DES007030, DES007040, POL049000, POL058000, HIS027090, HIS015000

Your Country Needs YOU

About the author

James Taylor

James Taylor is the author of Careless Talk Costs Lives (a study of World War II propaganda artist Fougasse), and several other art history books and articles for specialist magazines. He is an art historian who has worked at Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers and as a curator at the National Maritime Museum. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, he lives in Hampshire.

Praise for James Taylor’s previous books:

“Wonderful… a work that will fascinate.” ?– BBC History magazine
“A splendid little book… [with] magnificent illustrations.” – The Spectator
“Taylor is interesting on the great ‘Careless talk costs lives’ posters.” – The Guardian
“This is a terrific little tome. The word ‘charming’ is hard not to overuse here.” – Amazon reviewer
“History written in a most riveting and readable style. An excellent work… one of the best books I have ever read.”?– Amazon reviewer