Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century

Kenneth Osgood and Andrew K. Frank
Afterword by David Halberstam

Details: 296 pages    6.125 x 9.25
Cloth: $44.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3466-9   
Paper: $29.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3800-1   
Pubdate: 6/27/2010
Series: The Alan B. Larkin Series on the American Presidency
Review(s): 4 available

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"This excellent book is required reading for anyone interested in how American presidents have tried to sell war."--Steven Casey, author of Selling the Korean War

"This is American history at its best--insightful and revealing about the past, yet at the same time illuminating the vital questions of our own day."--Jeffrey A. Engel, Texas A&M University

George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" banner in 2003 and the misleading linkages of Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 terrorist attacks awoke many Americans to the techniques used by the White House to put the country on a war footing. Yet Bush was simply following in the footsteps of his predecessors, as the essays in this standout volume reveal in illuminating detail.
Written in a lively and accessible style, Selling War in a Media Age is a fascinating, thought-provoking, must-read volume that reveals the often-brutal ways that the goal of influencing public opinion has shaped how American presidents have approached the most momentous duty of their office: waging war.

Kenneth Osgood, associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, is the author of Total Cold War: Eisenhower's Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad, winner of the Herbert Hoover Book Award. Andrew K. Frank, associate professor of history at Florida State University, is the author of Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier.


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