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As government officials and observers battle over whether or not the Bush administration exaggerated intelligence reports of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to justify war, there should be a ready audience for this new book by the authors of Believe Us, We're Experts! Professional debunkers of media manipulation, Rampton and Stauber unmask the impact of "information warriors and perception managers" (as one PR consultant described himself) on Bush's attempt to turn public opinion in favor of war on Iraq. The authors deconstruct the PR campaign to promote the U.S. in the wake of September 11: the State Department's hiring of ad exec Charlotte Beers ("the queen of Madison Avenue") to direct the campaign; how PR execs and lobbyists helped construct the government's anti-Iraq message; the administration's alleged misinformation and distortion of facts and reliance on rumor to influence public opinion. Anyone skeptical of the reasons for the war against Iraq will find their suspicions enhanced here.
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"The authors brilliantly expose an interconnected web linking some of the country's largest public relations and advertising firms, the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House." San Francisco ChronicleSee all Editorial Reviews
I bought this for a couple of chapters to assign to students in a class I taught on the human response to war. Read morePublished 13 months ago by C & J
THis is a very good book about what led up to the Bush Administration invading Iraq. Condition was as described.Published on April 29, 2013 by Robert M. Jones
Authors Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber provide a concise but powerful expose of the Bush White House and its attempts to "sell" the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by K.A.Goldberg
This book is an short, entertaining but very sophisticated overview not only of how Bush and Co. sold the war, but how propaganda works in this country and in all other free-press... Read morePublished on October 7, 2009 by Stuart Archer Cohen
One of the best excerpts from this book is Rumsfeld being confronted by a journalist about his visit to Iraq, denying it and then shown a videotape from the CNN archives. Read morePublished on July 25, 2006 by William D. Tompkins
When factual evidence did not reveal that Saddam Hussein had "Weapons of Mass Destruction" the Bush administration simply hired the country's best media consultants to engineer... Read morePublished on July 31, 2005 by Robin Orlowski
The book "Weapons of Mass Deception, the Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq," written by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber generally deals with the United States' current... Read morePublished on May 2, 2005 by Jeff
In "Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq," coauthors Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber take a critical look at a very important subject. Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by Michael J. Mazza