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Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq

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On the evening of September 11, 2002, with the Statue of Liberty shimmering in the background, television cameras captured President George W. Bush as he advocated the charge for war against Iraq. This carefully staged performance, writes Susan Brewer, was the culmination of a long tradition of sophisticated wartime propaganda in America.

In Why America Fights, Brewer offers a fascinating history of how successive presidents have conducted what Donald Rumsfeld calls "perception management," from McKinley's war in the Philippines to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her intriguing account ranges from analyses of wartime messages to descriptions of the actual operations, from the dissemination of patriotic ads and posters to the management of newspaper, radio, and TV media. When Woodrow Wilson carried the nation into World War I, he created the Committee on Public Information, led by George Creel, who called his job "the world's greatest adventure in advertising." In World War II, Roosevelt's Office of War Information avowed a "strategy of truth," though government propaganda still depicted Japanese soldiers as buck-toothed savages. After examining the ultimately failed struggle to cast the Vietnam War in a favorable light, Brewer shows how the Bush White House drew explicit lessons from that history as it engaged in an unprecedented effort to sell a preemptive war in Iraq. Yet the thrust of its message was not much different from McKinley's pronouncements about America's civilizing mission.

Impressively researched and argued, filled with surprising details, Why America Fights shows how presidents have consistently drummed up support for foreign wars by appealing to what Americans want to believe about themselves.

About the Author

Susan A. Brewer is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is the author of To Win the Peace: British Propaganda in the United States during World War II.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 The "Divine Mission": War in the Philippines

Chapter 2 Crusade for Democracy: Over There in the Great War

Chapter 3 The Good War: Fighting for a Better Life in World War II

Chapter 4 War in Korea: "The Front Line in the Struggle between Freedom and Tyranny"

Chapter 5 Why Vietnam: More Questions than Answers

Chapter 6 Operation Iraqi Freedom: War and Infoganda

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Introduction

1. The "Divine Mission": War in the Philippines

2. Crusade for Democracy: Over There in the Great War

3. The Good War: Fighting for a Better Life in World War II

4. War in Korea: "The Front Line in the Struggle between Freedom and Tyranny"

5. Why Vietnam? More Questions Than Answers

6. Operation Iraqi Freedom: War and Infoganda

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195381351
Author:
Brewer, Susan A.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Brewer, Susan
Author:
null, Susan A.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
War
Subject:
Military policy
Subject:
Patriotism -- United States.
Subject:
Propaganda, american
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
United States Foreign relations.
Subject:
Propaganda, American -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
History - American
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
53 halftones
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.3 x 1.3 in 1.369 lb

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