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History News NetworkRemains the single most perceptive treatment of journalism in times of war and conflict.
— Murray Polner
"The first casualty when war comes, is truth," said American Senator Hiram Johnson in 1917. In his gripping, now-classic history of war journalism, Phillip Knightley shows just how right Johnson was. From William Howard Russell, who described the appalling conditions of the Crimean War in the Times of London, to the ranks of reporters, photographers, and cameramen who captured the realities of war in Vietnam, The First Casualty tells a fascinating story of heroism and collusion, censorship and suppression.
Since Vietnam, Knightley reveals, governments have become much more adept at managing the media, as highlighted in chapters on the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and the conflict between NATO and Serbia over Kosovo. And in a new chapter on the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Knightley details even greater degrees of government manipulation and media complicity, as evidenced by the "embedding" of reporters in military units and the uncritical, openly patriotic coverage of these conflicts. "The age of the war correspondent as hero," he concludes, "appears to be over." Fully updated, The First Casualty remains required reading for anyone concerned about freedom of the press, journalistic responsibility, and the nature of modern warfare.
Johns Hopkins University Press
— Murray Polner
Remains the single most perceptive treatment of journalism in times of war and conflict.
|1||"The miserable parent of a luckless tribe" 1854-1856||1|
|2||The first challenge 1861-1865||19|
|3||The golden age 1865-1914||43|
|4||Quite another game 1899-1902||67|
|5||The last war 1914-1918||83|
|6||Enter America 1917-1918||121|
|7||The remedy for Bolshevism in bullets 1917-1919||147|
|8||The real scoop 1935-1936||185|
|9||Commitment in Spain 1936-1939||207|
|10||"Their finest hour" 1939-1941||237|
|11||The struggle for mother Russia 1941-1945||265|
|12||Remember Pearl Harbour 1937-1945||293|
|13||Never again 1940-1945||331|
|14||Korea, the United Nation's war 1950-1953||365|
|15||Algeria is French 1954-1962||391|
|17||War is fun 1954-1975||441|
|18||Britannia rules the news 1975-1989||469|
|19||The deadly video game 1990-1991||483|
|20||The military's final victory March-June, 1999||501|
|21||No more heroes March-April, 2003||527|