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Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy Paperback – January 25, 2007
Top Customer Reviews
Historians will get a running start on the Plame/CIA trial, and resulting political fallout, with Marcy Wheeler's new book, Anatomy of Deceit.
Wheeler charts the failure of the mass media to challenge the outing of a covert spy during wartime, and shows how they have re-invented themselves as internal public relations staff for the government.
With the book appearing this past week, the timing could not be better as it becomes available just as Libby comes to trial for obstruction of justice. Marcy is providing the most up-to-the-minute news of the trial through live blogging directly from the courthouse.
With meticulous attention to detail, thorough research of all available sources, and a drive to get the story right, this book is history in the making.
Claims about the ease of supporting a post war Iraq with its oil revenues go unchallenged. The myth of the so-called liberal main stream press is torpedoed.
The hard copy book shows what can be done by a group of individuals in this electronic work which is still drowning in paperwork. Just look at the organization of the chronology in this book when one reviews the organization of the chapters
I've been following this case for years, and I thought I knew a lot about it. But Wheeler's grasp of it just blows me away. For instance, she shows just how closely the Bush people worked with favored reporters like Judy Miller to sell the invasion of Iraq. (When Condi Rice made her infamous "mushroom cloud" statement, she was quoting nearly verbatim a passage of a piece Miller had written the night before and which Rice either saw online or in her morning dead-tree version of the NYT.)
You owe it to yourself to buy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Marcy Wheeler has a brain! And it shows! emptywheel has stuff like this to say every day. This book lays out in her inimitable style all the facts around this mess - and she's... Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by GC
The only fundamental error is the notion that the media has ever worked for the interests of the common man. Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by Erik D. Hilsinger
marcy wheeler is a terrific, talented writer: she took a complicated, not to say convoluted, story and rendered it not just readable but compelling. great job! Read morePublished on July 19, 2007 by jolie
I finally got around to reading this book, finishing the day that GW commuted Libby's jail time. Looking back on what has transpired in the court case and the various motions... Read morePublished on July 3, 2007 by Richard P. Pasley
Wheeler stayed with her story that's thoroughly documented. The clearly-written presentation is factual but not boring, truthful without the embellishment so common today. Read morePublished on May 8, 2007 by Carol N. Doty
Outstanding. Clear and simple writing. In this media world of "spin, spin, spin", this stands out as an exceptional example of how NOT to spin but to speak the truth.Published on April 2, 2007 by florajane
Wonderful book, a must read, great timeline and detail information! Buy one for yourself and a second to share with others!Published on March 24, 2007 by K. Jones
...and out a spy? She must have missed the news story about Richard Armitage, a Clinton appointment, admitting HE was the one who "outed" Valerie Plame. Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by conspunk