Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq

Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq

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by Susan A. Brewer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199753962

ISBN-13: 9780199753963

Pub. Date: 03/09/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

On the evening of September 11, 2002, with the Statue of Liberty shimmering in the background, television cameras captured President George W. Bush as he advocated the charge for war against Iraq. This carefully staged performance, writes Susan Brewer, was the culmination of a long tradition of sophisticated wartime propaganda in America.
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On the evening of September 11, 2002, with the Statue of Liberty shimmering in the background, television cameras captured President George W. Bush as he advocated the charge for war against Iraq. This carefully staged performance, writes Susan Brewer, was the culmination of a long tradition of sophisticated wartime propaganda in America.
In Why America Fights, Brewer offers a fascinating history of how successive presidents have conducted what Donald Rumsfeld calls "perception management," from McKinley's war in the Philippines to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her intriguing account ranges from analyses of wartime messages to descriptions of the actual operations, from the dissemination of patriotic ads and posters to the management of newspaper, radio, and TV media. When Woodrow Wilson carried the nation into World War I, he created the Committee on Public Information, led by George Creel, who called his job "the world's greatest adventure in advertising." In World War II, Roosevelt's Office of War Information avowed a "strategy of truth," though government propaganda still depicted Japanese soldiers as buck-toothed savages. After examining the ultimately failed struggle to cast the Vietnam War in a favorable light, Brewer shows how the Bush White House drew explicit lessons from that history as it engaged in an unprecedented effort to sell a preemptive war in Iraq. Yet the thrust of its message was not much different from McKinley's pronouncements about America's civilizing mission.
Impressively researched and argued, filled with surprising details, Why America Fights shows how presidents have consistently drummed up support for foreign wars by appealing to what Americans want to believe about themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199753963
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/09/2011
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
458,009
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1 The "Divine Mission": War in the Philippines
Chapter 2 Crusade for Democracy: Over There in the Great War
Chapter 3 The Good War: Fighting for a Better Life in World War II
Chapter 4 War in Korea: "The Front Line in the Struggle between Freedom and Tyranny"
Chapter 5 Why Vietnam: More Questions than Answers
Chapter 6 Operation Iraqi Freedom: War and Infoganda
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography

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