Samuel C. Spitale


Samuel C. Spitale has written for Huffington Post, Geek magazine, Star Wars Insider, and and is also the author of Star Wars: Collecting a Galaxy. He’s a media studies expert and researcher with degrees in Advertising and Media Management from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Previously, he worked at Lucasfilm Ltd. as Senior Manager of Global Product Development.



2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room C
What an America: Propaganda, Truth Twisting, and Gun Debates
with Andrew C. McKevitt, Samuel C. Spitale, and moderator Mike Perlstein

3:15 pm to 4:00 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


How to Win the War on Truth: An Illustrated Guide to How Mistruths Are Sold, Why They Stick, and How to Reclaim Reality

The average American encounters up to 10,000 media messages a day. It’s no wonder we struggle to separate the news from all the noise. But in these unprecedented times, it’s essential to democracy that we do.

From welfare queens to WMDs, climate change to critical race theory, and the War on Drugs to the War on Christmas, much of what Americans believe is more mistruth than truth—and that’s by design.

How to Win the War on Truth is an illustrated guide to debunking misperceptions, falsehoods, and fake news that cloud the media landscape. It exposes how the powerful use the tools of persuasion to influence public opinion and sell us ideas that enrich themselves at the public’s expense. It examines how these ideas impact our lives, and it argues that understanding this is key to making informed decisions and protecting our democracy.

“Rich with smart advice together with many useful and informing graphics.” — David Cay Johnston, author of The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family

“Fascinating and entertaining.” School Library Journal


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