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Broadcasts from the Blitz: How Edward R. Murrow Helped Lead America into War

Broadcasts from the Blitz: How Edward R. Murrow Helped Lead America into War

by Philip Seib

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With the words "This is London," Edward R. Murrow's groundbreaking radio broadcasts from 1939 to 1941 brought the blitz into America's living rooms. Countering the tide of U.S. isolationism, Murrow told his huge audience that the United States could not avoid a confrontation with Hitler and that the bombs it heard falling during his reports would eventually be targeted at American cities. But although often cited as the paragon of journalistic objectivity, Murrow had a clear agenda-to bring America into the war-and he slanted his broadcasts accordingly. And behind the scenes, he helped the British court U.S. public opinion and secure American funds for a British intelligence operation.

Broadcasts from the Blitz examines Murrow's work and life during this crucial time. It also profiles unsung heroes of those days, such as U.S. ambassador John Winant and Winston Churchill's confidant Brendan Bracken, and villains as well-such defeatists as Joseph Kennedy and Charles Lindbergh, who believed England was doomed. Other compelling characters include Eric Sevareid, Mollie Painter-Downs, and Nancy Astor, whose "Cliveden set" was accused of being too cozy with the Germans. They and many others mixed in a London that remained vibrant even as it was being battered. Broadcasts from the Blitz is a story of courage-of a journalist broadcasting live from London rooftops as bombs fell around him-and of intrigue, as the machinery of two governments pulled America and Britain together in a common cause. Finally there is the drama of December 7, 1941, when Murrow was the sole journalist to meet with Roosevelt. Broadcasts from the Blitz is for all those interested in the influential career of an extraordinary man and in the relationship between journalism and politics.


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ISBN-13: 9781597973946
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 891,788
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Philip Seib is a professor of journalism and public diplomacy at the University of Southern California. He is the author and editor of many books, including Headline Diplomacy: How News Coverage Affects Foreign Policy; The Global Journalist: News and Conscience in a World of Conflict; Beyond the Front Lines: How the News Media Cover a World Shaped by War; Media and Conflict in the 21st Century; Broadcasts from the Blitz: How Edward R. Murrow Helped Lead America into War (Potomac Books, 2006); and New Media and the New Middle East. He is coeditor of the journal Media, War, and Conflict and lives in Pasadena, California.

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