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The Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam / Edition 1

The Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam / Edition 1

by Daniel C. Hallin
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This book was finished in the tenth year after the end of the Vietnam War. The year 1985 was also the year of Rambo, and of a number of other celebration of the Vietnam War in popular culture. It was the year Congress cut off aid to the "Contras" in Nicaragua, and then abruptly reversed itself and approved "humanitarian" aid to support the guerrilla war in that country. The "Vietnam Syndrome" showed signs of giving way tot he "Grenada Syndrome": the fear of repeating the Vietnam experience showed signs of giving way to a desire to relive it in an idealized form. The nation seemed deeply confused about its identity as an actor in world politics, and thus particularly vulnerable to appealing myths. So it is a good time to take a sober look back and the nation's consciousness during the Vietnam War itself—which as we shall see, despite the popular image of an independent media demolishing the nation's illusions, was also governed by a powerful mythology, born in part out of the traumas of earlier wars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520065437
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/14/1989
Edition description: First Edition, With a new preface
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 394,269
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Daniel C. Hallin is Professor of Communications and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction3
Part IEscalation and News Management, 1961-196513
Chapter 2"A Legitimate Part of that Global Commitment," 1961-196326
Chapter 3"It Does Not Imply Any Change of Policy Whatever," 1964-196559
Part IIThe War on Television, 1965-1973103
Chapter 4The "Uncensored War," 1965-1967114
Chapter 5"We Are on Our Way Out," 1968-1973159
Chapter 6Conclusion211
Appendix AAbbreviations253
Appendix BCode Book with Marginals for Some Variables255

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