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Biography of an Idea: The Founding Principles of Public Relations by Edward L. Bernays

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chapter 12

INTERVAL IN PARIS

Despite the dissolution of our official American Press Mission to the Peace Conference, I did not want to leave Paris. For forty-two days and nights I was footloose in the French capital. My former connection with the Committee on Public Information gave me a semiofficial status, because no American civilian was supposed to be in Paris unless he was on an important mission. I dropped in at Ray Stannard Baker’s press office of the American mission at the Hotel Crillon, where correspondents gossiped about how the French were hoodwinking Woodrow Wilson and how the handsome new Mrs. Wilson was falling for social pressure by the haut monde of Paris. I kept asking American foreign correspondents covering the Peace Conference ...

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