The Media and the Military: From the Crimea to Desert Strike

The Media and the Military: From the Crimea to Desert Strike

by Peter Young, Peter Jesser
     
 

The first comprehensive study of the contentious issue of the public's right to know in time of war or limited conflict. The book traces the uneasy relations between the military and a generally unprepared and gullible media, from the Crimea to the present day. It shows how the advent of nuclear warfare has outlawed the nationalistic wars of survival of the past, and…  See more details below

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The first comprehensive study of the contentious issue of the public's right to know in time of war or limited conflict. The book traces the uneasy relations between the military and a generally unprepared and gullible media, from the Crimea to the present day. It shows how the advent of nuclear warfare has outlawed the nationalistic wars of survival of the past, and freed the citizen from his age-old obligations in time of war, able to make up his or her own mind on the merits of the situation. It is here that the battle lies, in the struggle for public opinion as a necessary precursor to war. This book details how the military discovered the secret of media and public manipulation in the Falklands, tested it in Grenada, and refined it in Panama before deploying it in all its glory during the Gulf. This book is essential reading for every soldier and journalist, or any student of military history as it points the way to the future.

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Australian scholars of military and media trace the evolution of war reporting from the middle of the 19th century to the end of the 20th, focusing on the conflicts since the uprising in Northern Ireland and the Vietnam War. They conclude that the military manipulation of the media that emerged from the Falklands was tested in Grenada, refined in Panama, and deployed in all its glory during the 1991 Gulf war to marginalize and sideline the media, rather than censor it, just long enough to gain the public support needed. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312210120
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/15/1997
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.92(d)

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