Video Review: Political Persuasion Hollywood Style

Neuroscience may have proven it, but politicians have always leveraged the overwhelming power of the emotional brain. A great example from Hollywood’s golden age is “All the King’s Men.”

Reportedly based on the real-life political career of Huey Long, who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 until his assassination in 1935, this Hollywood version depicts local boy Willie Stark as a facts-and-figures policy wonk who learns the power of emotional triggers.

Here’s a brief look at how the film depicts the persuasion education of Willie Stark.