In light of new poetical pressure for a missile system in the US, Mitchell (communication, U. of Pittsburgh) has polished up his 1997 doctoral dissertation for Northwestern University exploring the deceit advocates use to sell the program to the public. He discusses rhetorical and historical perspectives, the elusive leakproof missile shield, Patriot Missile accuracy in the 1991 Gulf War, and dubious physics and power politics in the theater missile defense footprint controversy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gordon R. Mitchell has been published in journals such as The Bulletin of Atomic Sciences; The Quarterly Journal of Speech; Science, Technology, and Human Values; and Argumentation and Advocacy. He is assistant professor of communication and director of debate at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has taught in the areas of public argument and rhetoric of science since 1995.