"The most comprehensive j'accuse of journalism as propaganda in the English language... Ought to be read by every young reporter and by those who retain pride in our craft of truth-telling, not matter how unpopular or unpalatable the truth." -- John Pilger, from the Preface to the new edition
"The first casualty when war comes, is truth," said American Senator Hiram Johnson in 1917, and in his gripping, now-classic 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 Times [London], to the ranks of reporters, photographers, and cameramen who captured the realities of war in Vietnam, The First Casualty tells a fascinating story of heroism and collusion, censorship and suppression, myth-making and propaganda. Since Vietnam, Knightley finds, governments have become much more adept at managing the media, and in new chapters on the Falklands, the Gulf War, and the former Yugoslavia, he concludes that the war correspondent's role as a seeker of truth is now in jeopardy.
From reviews of the first edition:
"[This book] may make us all a little more free to talk about and find the truth." -- Garry Wills, New York Times Book Review
"Disturbing, even dismaying, yet also in its painful way, enormously entertaining." -- New Yorker
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"In war, truth may be the first casualty, but in Phillip Knightley's compelling examination of the war correspondent as journalist-mouthpiece-propagandist, the truth survives unscathed. Myths are exploded, scoundrels unmasked, the best and worst of the history of a century plainly revealed."—Morley Safer
"Few books have deserved an updated edition more than Phillip Knightley's history of war reporting since the 1850s . . . Invaluable for anyone with an interest in the media, it is equally recommended as a modern history of government lies."—Times Literary SupplementFrom the Author:
Phillip Knightley was an award-winning investigative journalist with The Sunday Times for twenty years and is the author of a number of books, including a history of espionage in the twentieth century. He lives in London.
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Buchbeschreibung Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. Broschiert. Buchzustand: Gut. 592 Seiten Schnitt und Einband sind etwas staubschmutzig; Einbandkanten leicht bestossen; Rückensignatur, ordnungsgemäß vorne ausgestempelt, ansonsten ein gepflegtes, gut erhaltenes Buch aus teilaufgelöster Bibliothek einer großen deutschen Medienanstalt. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 640. Artikel-Nr. 1227554