On the Front Lines: Following America's Foreign Correspondents Across the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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From Sarajevo in 1914 to Baghdad in 1990 renowned foreign correspondent Michael Emery charts the difficulties facing his American colleagues covering overseas events. He tells the 'stories behind the stories' and the pressures faced by American reporters like Marguerite Higgins and Peter Arnett. Emery demonstrates the effects of censorship, propaganda, and 'disinformation' and argues for an independent and well-trained foreign press corps.

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Editorial Reviews

Columbia Journalism Review
...a good story with a moral center...a series of clearly focused case studies...
The Jerusalem Times
Emery's factual record of the work of journalists all over the world make vivid and compulsive reading. His gripping writing, in effect, will appeal to everyone interested in discovering the hardships journalists have to face in order to get the truth.
Nieman Reports
Emery's best contribution is his research into the work of many American foreign correspondents.
Journal of American History
His book is meticulously researched, and he is not afraid to speak forthrightly on controversial matters, such as the special treatment Israel receives in the press. That is refreshing; all the more because what he says generally makes sense.
Journal Of American History
His book is meticulously researched, and he is not afraid to speak forthrightly on controversial matters, such as the special treatment Israel receives in the press. That is refreshing; all the more because what he says generally makes sense.
Journalism and communications scholar Michael Emery reveals some of the difficulties facing foreign correspondents covering overseas events, telling some of the "stories behind the stories" surrounding key world events in the 20th century and the coverage they received in the American media. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Michael Emery was a freelance correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and The Village Voice.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Ch. 1 The Coming of the Great War: The Last Quiet Summer, 1914 1
Ch. 2 The Rise of Stalin: Winter of 1928-29 30
Ch. 3 The Eve of World War II: The Radio Reporters and the Munich Crisis 59
Ch. 4 Holding the Line Again: Korea, 1950 89
Ch. 5 Vietnam: The Far-Off War We Decided to Win, 1962-63 122
Ch. 6 Central America: The "Good Neighbor" Unmasked in Nicaragua and El Salvador 158
Ch. 7 The Middle East: In the Eye of the Storms 211
Conclusion 280
Notes 295
Bibliography 331
Index 339
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