The Father of Spin is the first full-length biography of the legendary Edward L. Bernays, who, beginning in the 1920s, was one of the first and most successful practioners of the art of public relations. In this engrossing biography, Larry Tye uses Bernays’s life as a prism to understand the evolution of the craft of public relations and how it came to play such a critical-and sometimes insidious-role in American life.

Drawing on interviews with primary sources and voluminous private papers, Tye presents a fascinating and revealing portrait of the man who, more than any other, defined and personified public relations, a profession that today helps shape our political discourse and define our commercial choices.

BBC Documentary “The Century of Self”

How Stuff Works: “Cigarettes & Sufragettes” and “How to Sell a War” (with ads)

Free downloads of Edward Bernays “Propaganda” “Engineering of Consent

NPR Interviews

Museum of Public Relations Online Exhibit

Amazon pages for “Public Relations