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BRAYTON HARRIS is a retired US Navy captain who served as a media coordinator in Vietnam and as a special assistant to the secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon. He has also been a printer, a publisher, and an editor, and is the author of more than two hundred articles and ten books, including The Age of the Battleship: 1890-1922 and The Navy Times Book of Submarines: A Political, Social, and Military History.
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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453617027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453617021
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,120,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been fascinated with the Civil War since elementary school when I read a book about two brothers on different sides of the conflict. I grew up in Maryland, a border state, and had a relative who served in the Union army. I later moved to SC and realized they viewed the Civil War differently, always referring to it as The War Between the States. Even to this day, this war brings strong feelings. I was also interested in this book, not just for the fact that it was about the Civil war but I also have a close friend who is a newspaper journalist and we have discussions about journalists, the telling of the story and public opinion. This book was bringing all those things together and did not disappoint.

War News: Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War was originally published in 1999 as Blue & Gray in Black & White, and tells the story of the Civil War through the newspapers of the time. From before the first shots were fired, through the surrender of Lee, Brayton Harris shows how the newspapers and the reporters of that time got the story, how it was published and the public's response to it. Harris was in the US Navy and served as a media coordinator in Vietnam so he understands about covering a war from the field.

It was interesting to see that some things have not changed much: journalists will work hard to get the latest story, even going behind enemy lines, the military wants to preserve secrecy and control the story, the public wants to hear firsthand accounts and those stories can change public opinion of the war. Journalists will do anything to get the story and use the latest technological tool of the time, the telegraph, to beat their competitors to get the story back to the publisher.
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Throughout the civil war, both sides counted on the newspapers for much of their information. "War News: Blue & Gray in Black and White" is a study of newspapers in the civil war and the state of journalism at the time. America's main source for understanding the war, it was not without its problems as sources were scarce, and sensationalism was running high. "War News" is an intriguing take on the nineteenth century newspapers during one of America's most important conflicts.
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