Reporting America at War

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A unique work of history that examines the story of a pivotal figure in American life, the U.S. war reporter, with contributions from some of the most influential journalists of our time.

Whether dodging sniper fire, accompanying strategic bombing raids over enemy territory, challenging the Pentagon's version of events, or crossing the frontlines to interview figures at the heart of the conflict, war correspondents have served as the eyes and ears of the nation, conveying the ...

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Overview

A unique work of history that examines the story of a pivotal figure in American life, the U.S. war reporter, with contributions from some of the most influential journalists of our time.

Whether dodging sniper fire, accompanying strategic bombing raids over enemy territory, challenging the Pentagon's version of events, or crossing the frontlines to interview figures at the heart of the conflict, war correspondents have served as the eyes and ears of the nation, conveying the facts, the brutality and the drama of warfare, and shaping public opinion in the process.

Now for the first time, in Reporting America at War, the nation's most respected reporters share their stories to create a fascinating oral history.

Contributors include:

— Christiane Amanpour
— Peter Arnett
— Malcolm Browne
— Walter Cronkite
— Gloria Emerson
— Frank Gibney
— David Halberstam
— Chris Hedges
— Ward Just
— Andy Rooney
— Morley Safer

In addition to telling their personal stories, the correspondents examine issues such as censorship, propaganda, ethics, the power of the press, and the future of war reporting, especially after September 11th.

Michelle Ferrari, senior writer and consulting producer with Insignia Films, has been writing and producing documentaries for more than a decade. Her work has appeared on PBS, HBO, and Cinemax, and has received honors from the Writers Guild of America, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, and film festivals nationwide. She lives in New York City. James Tobin is a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and author of the acclaimed biography Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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The Media and the War on Terrorism takes on issues like the reasons many major news organizations, including The Times and the networks' evening news, did not report on the findings of the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, led by former Senators Gary Hart and Warren Rudman, which predicted, in January 2001, a 9/11-type attack. It dissects press issues like covering dissent, the evils of conglomerate ownership and the so-called CNN Effect, the ability of the news media to drive foreign policy. —H.D.S. Greenway
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Beginning with Edward R. Murrow's live reports during the London blitz and ending with an epilogue on the second war in Iraq, this oral history contains transcripts of interviews with 11 top correspondents. Murrow is one of three deceased reporters included (the others are Martha Gellhorn and Homer Bigart), along with Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, Frank Gibney, Malcolm Browne, David Halberstam, Morley Safer, Ward Just, Gloria Emerson, Chris Hedges and Christiane Amanpour. Compared with correspondents who covered WWII and Korea, today's journalists tend to have more campaign ribbons. The New York Times's Hedges, for example, has covered Central America, the Middle East and the Balkans; Amanpour has reported for CNN from the Persian Gulf, Yugoslavia, Somalia and Afghanistan. The correspondents who were in Vietnam-including Homer Bigart and Gloria Emerson-opine on the official disinformation campaign and the corruption of the Saigon regime, while Amanpour, who covered a different kind of war in Somalia, speaks of the impact of the repeated showing of footage of an American soldier's body being dragged through Mogadishu, which she says caused the Clinton administration to curtail the U.S.'s mission there. Tobin's introductions and transitional and informational interpolations within the transcripts hold this informative volume together. Just sums up the book's importance: "As long as there are wars, it is very important to know, in the details, how they are being fought [and] to know the manner in which people are dying.... If someone isn't there to report it, it's just a tree crashing in the forest with nobody to hear it." Photos. (Oct. 8) Forecast: The book, a tie-in to a PBS documentary series airing in November, should receive some attention, thanks to a radio interview campaign and print ads. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786262038
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 2/5/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Edward R. Murrow 11
Walter Cronkite 19
Martha Gellhorn 33
Andy Rooney 51
Frank Gibney 63
Homer Bigart 73
Malcolm W. Browne 91
David Halberstam 111
Morley Safer 133
Ward Just 147
Gloria Emerson 163
Chris Hedges 191
Christiane Amanpour 207
Epilogue: The War in Iraq, 2003 219
Afterword 227
Acknowledgments 229
Index 233
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