Penguin Random House

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Predecessor• Random House
• Penguin Group
Member ofAtlantic Council/Corporate Members

Penguin Random House (PRH) is a multinational conglomerate publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House (owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann) and Penguin Group (owned by British publishing company Pearson plc).The CEO, Markus Dohle, is a member of the military deep state think-tank Atlantic Council.[1].

Dominance of book market

Thanks to mergers, a few mega-corporations dominate the book publishing business, a system which has cartel-like features. This power is used in the same way as the corporate news media, to control the narrative.

As of 2013, Penguin Random House, one of this handful of corporations, employed about 10,000 people globally and published 15,000 titles annually under its 250 divisions and imprints. Penguin Random House comprises Penguin and Random House in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, and India; Penguin in Brazil, Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Hispanic America, and Germany.

Narrative control/Censorship

Pedro Baños

Full article: Pedro Baños

On June 7, 2018 it was announced[that Pedro Baños would be made Director of the Spanish Department of Homeland Security. However, this came to the attention of the Spanish Cluster of the Integrity Initiative. At the same time, Penguin Random House withdrew support for his book, both the Spanish edition and the English abridged translation, and pulped undistributed stocks of both its Spanish and English editions.

Craig Murray

Random House bought up UK dissident Craig Murray's independent publisher, Mainstream. They immediately cancelled publication of The Catholic Orangemen of Togo on the rather weak basis of legal threats from mercenary commander Tim Spicer, and then they stopped printing Murder in Samarkand, even though it was selling rather well at the time. [2]

Reinforcing goverment narratives

Penguin Random House is one of the main publishers of books that reinforce US foreign policy objectives, like Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder, Collusion by Luke Harding, Red Famine by Anne Applebaum, Private Life Of Chairman Mao by Zhisui Li, The future Is History, by Masha Gessen and so forth. Thanks to PRH's immense market share (and possibly help from state networks similar to the Integrity Initiative), they dominate book reviews and front windows in book shops. These titles get additional strength by being translated to almost every language in the world.

Using book fees to reward politicians

It regularly pays massive advances to political leaders like Barack Obama ($60 million)[3] and Bill Clinton (at the time the world's highest book advance fee, $15 million). These type of bland autobiographies are then also heavily promoted, and reinforces official narratives.


The German citizen Markus Dohle manages it on behalf of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, and is member of the influential military deep state think-tank Atlantic Council[4]

Gail Ruth Rebuck, Baroness Rebuck DBE (born 10 February 1952) is a British publisher and chair of Penguin Random House's British operations. She is the widow of Philip Gould, one of the creators of New Labour, and herself a strong supporter of Tony Blair. As a publising CEO, she gave him a £4 milllion advance on the book.[5]

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