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Feet to the Fire: The Media After 9/11, Top Journalists Speak Out Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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In this thorough 627 pages long book, Kristina Borjesson interviews the key players in the North American journalism and media scene. And she does so using straight-forward and honest questions. Except the current war against Iraq, which dominates the greater part of the book, other things such as the Bush administration, news reporting in the aftermath of 9/11, censorship in the media, and much, MUCH more. She's never afraid to ask both controversial and troubling questions, in other words those very questions that many people have been thinking about but never given an answer to. And luckily for us, the interviewees are willing to answer.
Of the book's more than 600 pages, most contains paragraph after paragraph of useful information. It goes without saying that a complete summary of a book with a scale as massive as this one can never be accomplished in a short book review, but one thing is certain: in case you do manage to read the entire thing you'll get a new and sometimes very troubling look at the state of world politics and warfare. Forget the impersonal images you've seen in the news and never mind the stale reporting coming out of most newspapers: here you'll hear from the people who've actually been there, who've been in the heat of gruesome battle; the people who'll tell you just how tragic this reality really is.
I could spend the rest of the night talking about all the big names and all the important stories found in the book, but then this review would probably never come to an end.Read more ›
Sometimes, the observations from the featured journalists are self-serving, but the bulk of what they have to say--about everything from the influence of sophisticated propaganda in shaping public opinion to the proper role of the media during wartime--will surprise and sometimes astound. It's especially compelling where reporters take their own employers to task for contributing to the mess, as does Washington Post national security correspondent Walter Pincus. Or when a Ted Koppel is willing to put some of the blame where it belongs--on an incurious and lazy audience.
Feet to the Fire should be standard issue in classrooms, but, more, it is something that will enlighten all thinking people. Anyone interested in finding new and better ways to explain our times would do well to read this book.
[Russ Baker is author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years]
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Sad & disturbing but necessary reading.Amazing responses to same questions makes the reader wonder if some journalist are simply living in a parallel universe..Published on April 14, 2013 by Mary Lou Edwards
Kristina Borjesson's "Feet to the Fire" is essential reading for anyone who cares about how we as Americans get our information and what top journalist have to say about the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by S. Serpa
Feet to the Fire: The Media after 9/11 stands as an extraordinarily well-documented warning about what happens to a citizenry when its press has been intimidated, bullied, or... Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Charlotte Dennett
This is quite an interesting book, comprised of in depth interviews with many of the leading reporters who have covered Iraq and other wars over the years. Read morePublished on June 25, 2008 by Buckeye
As a broadcast journalist I read this book to understand how my colleagues could have been so laxed in reporting and investigating the issues, post 9/11, that led to war with Iraq. Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by VKC
Author Borjesson strings together fascinating interviews. The words of David Martin(CBS) and Ted Koppel(ABC) go a long way to explain how most big media FAILED us in the march to... Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Douglas Desalles
In the interests of full disclosure, I worked as an editorial consultant on Feet to the Fire. Having said this, I can't begin to emphasize enough, how solidly reported, how... Read morePublished on August 9, 2006 by Girl
This book has a bunch of interviews, so I would normally expect it to be okay. But it isn't. There are twenty-one chapters, and we see interviews with people such as Peter... Read morePublished on August 5, 2006 by Jill Malter