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The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies, and the Mess in Iraq

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The war in Iraq may be remembered as the point at which the propaganda model perfected in the twentieth century stopped working: the world is too complex, information is too plentiful, and-as events in Iraq reveal- propaganda makes bad policy.

The Best War Ever is about a war that was devised in fantasy and lost in delusion. It highlights the futility of lying to oneself a
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 14th 2006 by Tarcher (first published 2006)
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Simon Wood
BIG LIES: BUSH, THE MEDIA & IRAQ

With the war in Afghanistan-Pakistan becoming the new foreign policy fiasco, the War in Iraq has, along with it's chief "planner" Bush and his wide-eyed assistant Blair, largely retired from public view. This book by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber of the Centre for Media and Democracy is a useful reminder of the level of mendacity that was a feature of the lead up to war as well as the war itself.

The opening section of the book picks up from the point their
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Leslie
This book is an excellent summary of the build up to the Iraq War. It documents all the half-truths, lies, forgeries, mistakes, and deliberate attempts to mislead the world and the almost comical failure of the media to do serious reporting on any of it.

It's important to note that there is a vast resource of web links to articles and other documents, so that you can look up the assertions in the book for yourself without going to the college library.

The book is short, pithy, extremely clear, an
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Broodingferret
This book has been sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, for almost two years; finally I managed to get to it. Despite the info being dated and well-known by now, I still enjoyed it. This is a well-written and exhaustively researched condemnation of the Bush Administration's handling of the fiasco that it insisted on starting in Iraq. With 35 pages of references, the book makes a very good argument against how the war was handled by the Shrub and his cronies, and does so in an entertaining wa ...more
Dave
Apr 20, 2010 Dave rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to all the Red-State fascist bobbleheads.
A good, if dated review of all the lies, deceptions, half-truths, distortions, fabrications, falsifications, obfuscations, manipulations and prevarications that were used to justify, rationalize, moralize and excuse this latest round in American imperialism.
sologdin
as with Solomon's Target Iraq, it's not wrong (and here, it's authors strengths to point out PR manipulation)--but did every lefty have to write an anti-bush regime book? all lefties knew that bush is fascist scum and that the war was a lie.
Tom Darrow
Like most of Rampton's books, it is well-researched but one-sided. This book would be better formatted as an op-ed piece in a newspaper, rather than a book.
Michael
kind of boring, i don't like graphic novels.
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