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"This set offers a broad and deep overview of how the American press has reckoned with battle. Copeland, with other named contributors, chronologically presents reports from over 2000 newspapers and magazines, as well as radio and television, on major conflicts from the French and Indian War to the current War on Terror. Each volume has a consistent and accessible format: after a detailed table of contents, the war in question is first covered by a multiple-page time line, followed by an overall introduction. Numbered topical segments presenting actual examples of war reporting come next….An efficient and extensive source of primary research material displaying the opinions, style of presentation, and attitudes of contemporary journalists, this work is suitable for both academic and large public libraries."
"This lavishly packaged set is definitely not intended for a cursory glance at the history of war reporting. The time line for the entire set begins with newspaper reports of a buildup of French troops in the Caribbean in the summer of 1753 (a prelude to the French and Indian War) and ends in April 2004 with photographs depicting the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Volumes include coverage of all major wars as well as smaller, post-Vietnam conflicts. Overall, the set offers more than 2,500 primary documents, mainly newspaper and magazine articles and radio and television transcripts….[t]his is an outstanding set, indispensable to the study of war reporting, and the most definitive, up-to-date reference work available on the subject. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries."
Booklist, Starred Review
"This must be one of the most extensive anthologies of any kind of journalism ever."
Columbia Journalism Review
"A valuable addition to any reference collection with its wealth of primary sources, this work should save many trips to the microfilm room. Recommended. Academic libraries serving lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; public libraries."
"From newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, selected articles and transcripts are presented unabridged, arranged by war in eight volumes, each volume introduced with an overview essay as is each topical chapter and each primary source presentation. Providing further context, each volume begins with a thematic listing of selections and a chronology and concludes with a bibliography; a general index appears in the eighth. Approximately 2,500 documents are included along with 400 B&W photos."
Reference & Research Book News
"The Greenwood Library of American War Reporting chronologically presents some 2,500 news reports and excerpts drawn from over 2000 newspapers and magazines—and later, radio and television broadcasts—about the country's major conflicts from mid 18th-century French and Indian War to the current and ongoing war on terror… This is an impressive anthology of material ranging over more than 300 years, and gives a sense of changing journalistic styles."
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