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Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq

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On the evening of September 11, 2002, with the Statue of Liberty shimmering in the background, television cameras captured President George W. Bush as he advocated the charge for war against Iraq. This carefully staged performance, writes Susan Brewer, was the culmination of a long tradition of sophisticated wartime propaganda in America.
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 24th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 31st 2009)
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A very interesting look at the way American government administrations have manipulated the media and official narratives in order to get the general public on board with major war efforts throughout the twentieth century. Brewer pays close attention to the often vast difference between appearance and reality on the ground, and the influence this has on public perception. Well worth a read for anyone interested in war politics or propaganda.
Great book! Very detailed around the events that the US has been involved in. This book helps us to understand where the US came from and how it bases decisions for the future.
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'Qualms aside, this is an important book. It sheds light on an aspect of U.S. political history that American citizens in general, and members of the press in particular, ought to examine more closely before being taken in again by bellicose state propaganda.'

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I thought this book was excellent. I also had the pleasure of having the author as my professor for a history class on the same subject. She is super knowledgeable.
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