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The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Iraq / Edition 3
     

The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Iraq / Edition 3

by Phillip Knightley
 

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ISBN-10: 0801880300

ISBN-13: 9780801880308

Pub. Date: 09/13/2004

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

"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

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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801880308
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2004
Edition description:
third edition
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
1,049,337
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsx
Prefacexi
1"The Miserable Parent of a Luckless Tribe" 1854-18561
2The First Challenge 1861-186519
3The Golden Age 1865-191443
4Quite Another Game 1899-190267
5The Last War 1914-191883
6Enter America 1917-1918121
7The Remedy for Bolshevism in Bullets 1917-1919147
8The Real Scoop 1935-1936185
9Commitment in Spain 1936-1939207
10"Their Finest Hour" 1939-1941237
11The Struggle for Mother Russia 1941-1945265
12Remember Pearl Harbour 1937-1945293
13Never Again 1940-1945331
14Korea, the United Nations' War 1950-1953365
15Algeria is French 1954-1962391
16Vietnam 1954-1975409
17War is Fun 1954-1975441
18Britannia Rules the News 1975-1989469
19The Deadly Video Game 1990-1991483
20The Military's Final Victory March-June, 1999501
21No More Heroes March-April, 2003527
Selected Bibliography549
Notes on Sources553
Index571

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