Operation Iraqi Freedom

Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Operation Iraqi Freedom marked a new era in television war coverage. On-the-spot reporting by journalists, photographers, and cameramen captured combat in ways that are nothing less than historic. Sharing the triumphs, tragedies, and daily routines of the soldiers, viewers crouched in the trenches, felt the vibrations of bomb explosions, tasted sands borne on fierce desert winds. We were there -- embedded among the troops, eyewitnesses to the horror of battle. Historic television. Historic journalism. NBC news captured it all and was the acknowledged leader among all the network and cable news organizations covering the Iraqi war. This book + DVD package written and produced by NBC News presents a chronological narrative of reporting from the field supplemented by interviews and anchored broadcasts from Qatar, Kuwait, and the United States. The book includes a Foreword by Tom Brokaw, an Introduction by an NBC military expert, and a special dedication to fallen colleague David Bloom. Thousands of hours of images and words have been molded into a concise, eloquent summary of the historic events of the conflict, further enhanced by the photographic and video record. The DVD contains approxiamately 2 hours of live coverage of the war broadcast by NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740740596
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Edition description: Book & DVD
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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NBC News covered the recent war in Iraq with a breadth and depth unmatched by any other news organization. Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Inside Story presents a fascinating look back at the conflict and its coverage from the perspective of the broadcast journalists on the front lines as well as the producers in the control room.

This war was unlike any other both in how it was fought and how it was covered. From the initial "target of opportunity" to the unforgettable images of liberation as Saddam Hussein's statue was toppled in central Baghdad, the war riveted the nation. At the same time, television reporting was itself proving to be just as remarkable, characterized by amazing new technology, a news cycle measured in minutes, and the presence of hundreds of "embeds": journalists easting, sleeping, and moving in concert with assigned combat units.

What was it like to face a life-or-death situation one moment and in the next breath be called upon to report objectively to the American people? What went through the mind of an embed as he made his way across the desert to Baghdad, becoming closer and closer to the men and women of his unit, and gradually exchanging the critical distance of a reporter for the camaraderie of a fellow soldier? What did this experience teach the embeds about American soldiers-and about themselves?

This visually rich four-color book presents the inside story of war in Iraq through the personal anecdotes and perspectives of the professionals who brought this compelling story to homes across America. Supplementing the book is a full-length DVD produced by NBC News expressly for this volume and presenting the highlights of the network's war coverage, along with extra features such as postwar interviews and commentary.

Engagingly written and full of insights and anecdotes from NBC News's most prominent journalists, Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Inside Story also features a foreword by NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw and an introduction by retired Army general and current NBC military analyst Montgomery Meigs.

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OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM is exactly what one might expect: a photographic record of NBC's take on the war in Iraq. This book is obviously intended for those who support the war, serving mainly as a remembrance of what is viewed as a justified and heroic endeavor. Opposing views and meaningful analysis are scant in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Yes, the word propaganda comes to mind. In a war that has now claimed the lives of over 1000 innocent Iraqi civilians (and that is most likely a very cautious estimate), this book presents a very brief and highly polarized selection of pictures of Iraqis - a few pictures of the apparently bad guy Iraqis as US prisoners, and a few pictures of the apparently apparently common man Iraqis who are unharmed, with beautiful smiles, and cheering the US soldiers, even kissing them. In a war where nearly 300 US soldiers have now died, we get only one shot of a dead soldier - with a US flag draped over his coffin at his ornate funeral back home in the United States. It's a stylized, glossy vision completely devoid of depiction of the true horrors of war. The entire book seems like a cross between stills from the latest Hollywood action movie and photos from a high fashion magazine spread. It makes war seem glamourous, exciting, even fun. Disturbingly one-sided and stylized, to say the least. Andrew Parodi