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Disinformation : 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror Hardcover – October 24, 2005
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That Halliburton made a fortune off Iraq ..then youve accepted some of the most prevalent myths about the War on Terrormyths that are demonstrably untrue. If truth is the first casualty of war, urban legends are the first product of Americas War on Terror. In Disinformation, investigative reporter and terrorism expert Richard Miniter punctures twenty-two myths about terrorism, al Qaeda, and the war in Iraq. He has sifted the written record, met with countless high-level sources, and traveled the globe, from Sudan to the Philippines, Egypt to Iraq, to track down and refute some of the most widely believedand often perniciouslegends of the War on Terror. Provocative but irrefutable, with startling new reporting, Miniter reveals:
Why racial profiling of terrorists wont work
Why Iraq is not "another Vietnam"
Why Osama bin Laden is not a massively wealthy criminal mastermind, was not funded or trained by the CIA, and is not on dialysis
Why poverty doesnt cause terrorism Miniter gives you all the evidence to shoot down disinformation and refute those who mindlessly repeat it. If you want the truth about the War on Terror, start here.
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Among other things, he puts to rest persistant myths such as the widely touted belief (even by the BBC, of all people) that Osama bin Laden suffers from a kidney disorder that may or may not require dialysis, and also takes aim at the the post-cold war Soviet suitcase-nukes myth that I first learned about from my father while I was growing up, and is has since undergone a revival since the 9/11 terror strikes.
There is one particular problem with this book, however, that is sufficiently bad enough to force me to give it only three stars, so listen closely.
At several points in the book, Richard Miniter makes extremely blatant factual errors that seem to throw a light on his professionalism (even though this isn't Miniter's first book, this is the only one of his I've actually read), and also gives me the impression that this was either rushed out to meet a publishing deadline, or that he couldn't afford to have it edited properly.
Here are a few:
--Several times (most notably during the chapter on Bin Ladens perceived health issues), Miniter incorrectly refers to General Pervez Musharraf as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. This is way wrong. Musharraf's proper title as leader of Pakistan is President, not Prime Minister. From his seizure of power in 1999 until November of 2002, Pakistan had neither a Parliament nor a Prime Minister to lead it. The current Prime Minister is a man named Shaukat Aziz.Read more ›
The book covers six main topics, all with a similar theme; myths pertaining to bin Laden, September 11, Iraq, and terrorism, as well as myths perpetrated by both liberals and conservatives. Most impressive in Miniter's work is his inclusion of enormous amounts of footnotes to qualify his conclusions.
Miniter has done the world a great service with this book. Everywhere we turn, be it network news, newspapers, magazines, radio or the internet, we are bombarded with so-called "experts" giving their version of the facts which rarely contain facts at all. Regardless of your personal political persuasion, you will be shocked by what you will learn from some of Miniter's findings, and I promise you, you will learn a lot!
Some will not be able to contain their own political agendas and will find fault with much of what is presented here, but those people are blinded by their own ignorance and nothing will ever change that. If you want an idea of whether or not what the media is telling, and what the propaganda promoting politicians from both sides are spinning is the truth, then this book is an outstanding place to start your search.
Certainly, Miniter, with this work, has squarely placed himself in the crosshairs of both political sides. For that alone, he is to be commended. This is a very informative work that reads quite well and the documentation is superb.
That said, I found Miniter's next-to-last chapter very unconvincing. Unlike the myths of other chapters, which fly or die depending on whether they agree with historical fact, the subject of this chapter is the conservative media's claim that airline passenger screening should be concentrating more on those passengers whose nationality, sex, and/or ethnicity closely match that of previous perpetrators, that the current practice of selecting passengers totally at random is a poor use of limited resources. Rather than relying on factual data to debunk the myth, as in other chapters, Miniter instead presents arguments -- four of them. I'll let you decide whether or not they're convincing.
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This is by far one of the best books I have read on all of the constant media driven lies and BS being thrown around and presented to people as fact. Read morePublished 18 months ago by American Samurai-Soldier
There is nothing to complain about with this book. It is timely, well-organized, concise, well-written, and well-cited. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A customer
I felt like my time was wasted with this one. After each chapter, I just kept saying to myself, "who cares. Read morePublished on August 10, 2014 by beachbreaksteve
Not at all as described. This guy is full of bull and has no idea what he is talking about. I was involved in a case he talks about and he has completely twisted the events.Published on June 2, 2014 by Randal H.
This amazing book destroys several leftist lies. To who want to know the true that de midia do not sayPublished on November 2, 2009 by Evanir V. Dos Santos Jr.
In this, his third pro-Bush book (following "Losing Bin Laden" and "Shadow War") I have the sense that author Richard Miniter is making an effort to not so obviously be a President... Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by Tom Bruce
Irrelevant, one star is too many; don't bother reading no matter what your opinion of the war.
The biggest thing that I can say about this book is that it never proves that... Read more
Miniter sets out to debunk 22 Media Myths, and presents compelling facts for each myth. Is he correct? Read morePublished on August 27, 2007 by Lee Boyland, award wining author