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The first casualty : the war correspondent as hero and myth-maker from the Crimea to Iraq

Author: Phillip Knightley
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated editionView all editions and formats
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"The first casualty when war comes, is truth," said American Senator Hiram Johnson in 1917. In this history of war journalism, Phillip Knightley shows just how right Johnson was. From William Howard Russell, who described the appalling conditions of the Crimean War in the Times of London, to the ranks of reporters, photographers, and cameramen who captured the realities of war in Vietnam, The First Casualty tells a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Knightley, Phillip.
First casualty.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)643728648
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Knightley
ISBN: 9780801880308 0801880300
OCLC Number: 55138599
Notes: First edition published 1975 by Andrew Deutsch Ltd., London. Revised edition published 2000 by Prion Books Ltd., London. Johns Hopkins paperback edition published 2002. Updated editoin published 2003 by Andrew Deutsch, London. This edition, 2004.
Description: xiii, 594 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: "The miserable parent of a luckless tribe" 1854-1856 --
The first challenge 1861-1865 --
The golden age 1865-1914 --
Quite another game 1899-1902 --
The last war 1914-1918 --
Enter America 1917-1918 --
The remedy for bolshevism in bullets 1917-1919 --
The real scoop 1935-1936 --
Commitment in Spain 1936-1939 --
"Their finest hour" 1939-1941 --
The struggle for mother Russia 1941-1945 --
Remember Pearl Harbor 1937-1945 --
Never again 1940-1945 --
Korea, the United Nations' war 1950-1953 --
Algeria is French 1954-1962 --
Vietnam 1954-1975 --
War is fun 1954-1975 --
Britannia rules the news 1975-1989 --
The deadly video game 1990-1991 --
The military's final victory March-June, 1999 --
No more heroes March-April, 2003.
Responsibility: Phillip Knightley.
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"The first casualty when war comes, is truth," said American Senator Hiram Johnson in 1917. In this history of war journalism, Phillip Knightley shows just how right Johnson was. From William Howard Russell, who described the appalling conditions of the Crimean War in the Times of London, to the ranks of reporters, photographers, and cameramen who captured the realities of war in Vietnam, The First Casualty tells a story of heroism and collusion, censorship and suppression. Since Vietnam, Knightley reveals, governments have become much more adept at managing the media, as highlighted in chapters on the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and the conflict between NATO and Serbia over Kosovo. And in a new chapter on the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Knightley details even greater degrees of government manipulation and media complicity, as evidenced by the "embedding" of reporters in military units and the uncritical, openly patriotic coverage of these conflicts. "The age of the war correspondent as hero," he concludes, "appears to be over."

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