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Strategic Deception: Rhetoric, Science, and Politics in Missile Defense Advocacy Hardcover – December, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Rhetoric & Public Affairs
  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press; 1 edition (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870135570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870135576
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,143,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . I commend this two-handed sword of a book . . ." -- John Ziman, Fellow British Royal Society and author of REAL SCIENCE

"Mitchell combines exhaustive research and conceptual breadth to provide one of the few genuinely fresh contributions to this long-running debate." -- John Pike, Federation of American Scientists

"Mitchell has written a book on Star Wars that is of rare and considerable merit . . . his research is exceptional." -- Anthony Cave Brown, author of BODYGUARD OF LIES

The disabling of public discourse by the cancer of government secrecy is portrayed brilliantly ... -- Robert P. Newman, author of TRUMAN AND THE HIROSHIMA CULT

About the Author

Gordon R. Mitchell has been published in journals such as The Bulletin of Atomic Sciences; The Quarterly Journal of Speech; Science, Technology, and Human Values; and Argumentation and Advocacy. He is assistant professor of communication and director of debate at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has taught in the areas of public argument and rhetoric of science since 1995.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Clark on May 17, 2012
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This book held my interest because I had not seen the material before. Had I been better informed on the topic, it would have bored me more quickly. It is thin on theory and thick on evidence, and in the end does little more than show that, without oversight, government defense programs overspend and underproduce. It spends a little time on rhetorical analysis, which seemed accurate but not particularly insightful.

Ch. 1 SDI - impracticable but hard to kill

Ch. 2 Patriot missiles - not as good as advertised

Ch. 3 Defense Footprints - classified reports don't get scholarly review

Ch. 4 Don't remember exactly

Buy this book if you are studying rhetoric and government. It's solid and seems well-researched. The bib and notes are useful. There are a few interesting concepts, especially those dealing with rhetorical strategies adopted across institutions. Don't buy this book if you are looking for ideas you would never have come up with on your own or for general interest. Hit up J-Stor instead.
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