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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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Jessica Harn
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book exposes all of the US' brutal propaganda and styles of war since the beginnings of American foriegn imperialism. A must read
Andy Marton
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan A. Brewer does something difficult here: she manages to reveal to the reader that our everyday preconceptions about the U.S.'s involvement in major wars of the last 100 years is completely wrong without coming across as condescending. "Why America Fights" is an analysis of the way the U.S. sold 6 wars: the Philippines, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War. Only one of those is considered a "good war" (like there is such a thing), but Brewer explains ...more
Cameron Mitchell
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, history
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.
The American Conservative
'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.'

Read the full review, "Selling War," on our website:
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Holly
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: high-school, own
SO REPETITIVE!
Nina Littel
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly interesting and well written, though her own opinion shows through the text sometimes, especially in the last two chapters.
Kelly
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Countchaos666
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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