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Blending his riveting personal story with innovative ideas about how to win the war on terror, former marine turned Al Jazeera reporter Josh Rushing addresses all the issues he was not allowed to talk about when he was in uniform. If we are to win the war on terror, Rushing explains, we have to interact with the media at home and abroad in order to control the way we are perceived. By refusing to appear on Al Jazeera, Western leaders allow people who disagree with the current administration to represent the West ...
Blending his riveting personal story with innovative ideas about how to win the war on terror, former marine turned Al Jazeera reporter Josh Rushing addresses all the issues he was not allowed to talk about when he was in uniform. If we are to win the war on terror, Rushing explains, we have to interact with the media at home and abroad in order to control the way we are perceived. By refusing to appear on Al Jazeera, Western leaders allow people who disagree with the current administration to represent the West to the Arab world in a skewed, negative way. By taking readers inside Al Jazeera, Rushing offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the controversial news channel and shows how the West can harness it to its advantage, relay a positive message to the Arab public, and hear what it has to say in return.
"A useful, informative effort to offer a different perspective on the cultural divide between Americans and Arabs."—Jay Freeman, Booklist
"Rushing has created an interesting . . . earnest, narrative."—Dave Shifflet, Bloomberg.com
"[Rushing's] modest proposal is worth hearing."—Cameron Scott, Mother Jones
"Rushing argues that what matters is for news consumers to arise from 'fearful passivity.' Only wide listening and reading, he writes, can grant independence of mind." - Mary H. Meier, The Boston Globe
"Civilization's struggle with terrorists is not primarily a struggle of bombs, bullets and bayonets but a struggle of ideas. Al Jazeera English is one of the most effective ways to expose and examine these ideas. If you want to know why and how, read this book." —Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, 2002-2005
"A captivating and unique insider's account of one American soldier's experience in Iraq, and how that led to his involvement with a critical element of the war: the rise of Al Jazeera and the development of Arab media. This is a strong wake up call to the West that not only exposes the conditions that have lead to our deteriorating relations with the Arab world but provides a brave way forward. It's time to listen to Josh Rushing."—Michael Wolff, Columnist, Vanity Fair
"Josh Rushing is a precious national resource — and a global voice for understanding instead of polarizing. His unique story gives reason for hope that human bonds are stronger than rigid propaganda. At a time when easy cliches are drowning us in media sewage and boosting daily carnage, Rushing offers a perspective that could lead us to high moral ground and true international security. He lays bare the mental gymnastics and moral compromises that substituted PR flackery for integrity on the road to war in Iraq. And he symbolizes the fact that honesty and compassion are imperatives for human survival on this planet. Instead of pursuing a career as a Pentagon spokesman, Josh Rushing has opted to seek and speak truth. The world will benefit."—Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
“A lot of people are ill-informed and scared about what they believe is a clash of civilizations. Rushing is one of few American patriots who are willing to challenge the misinformation about the Arab world’s relationship with America. In this book, Rushing delivers a candid and honest American’s perspective on what is true and what is not. His willingness to tell the truth and challenge political agendas is a smart and brave effort to educate both sides. This is essential reading for people who want the real, gritty picture of what is going on between the Arab and Muslim world and the USA.”—Riz Khan
"Some people will try and ignore Josh Rushing's message, but his story is too extraordinary to be dismissed. Understanding his message requires strength and moral courage. I have rarely been as impressed with another human being as I am with him." —Richard Dreyfuss
"It's too bad for the Marines [that Rushing is] moving on. He convinced a lot of skeptical people in the Arab press that there are those in the U.S. military coming from the right place."—Jehane Noujaim, Director, Control Room
"A bracingly candid account of his [Rushing's] growing disillusionment with the war on terror."—Rebecca Sinderbrand, New York Observer
"Of the many accounts about those who have shifted gears, switched uniforms or crossed the divide between one camp and the other, few have been as intriguing or captivating as that of a young Marine Captain-turned-Al-Jazeera journalist—Josh Rushing."—The Ambassadors
"an entertaining and unique account of Al Jazeera International by an insider who arrived at the TV channel from an unlikely background."
"With America losing the information and public relations war around the world today, "Mission al-Jazeera" is a fascinating and timely book that should be required reading by the many Administration Public Affairs and press secretary's."
—Andrew Lubin, Reviewer's Bookwatch
"An eye-opener for readers....reads quickly and clearly."—The National Catholic Weekly
"revelatory and insightful" - Choice
Posted April 27, 2011
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