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War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

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War Made Easy cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades. This guide to disinformation analyzes American military adventures past and present to reveal striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war.

War Made Easy is essential reading. It documents a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power and lays out important guidelines to help readers distinguish a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. With War Made Easy, every reader can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid costly and unnecessary wars.

Review:

"Brutally persuasive...a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Solomon's timely analysis...provides the public, analysts, and journalists with useful tips on how to evaluate the prewar messages of any administration, current or historical." Library Journal

Review:

"An engaging book that helps explain how the myth-making machine works." The Texas Observer

Review:

"Solomon is one of the sharpest media-watchers in the business." Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

Review:

"If you want to help prevent another war (Iran? Syria?), read War Made Easy now. This is a stop-the-presses book filled with mind-blowing facts about Washington's warmongers who keep the Pentagon budget rising. It would be funny if people weren't dying. War Made Easy exposes the grisly game and offers the information we need to stop it." Jim Hightower, author of Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush

Review:

"If you don't have fun reading Norman Solomon's War Made Easy, you don't know how to have a good time. This exceptional book will drive our leaders bonkers and their mouthpieces in the U.S. press crazier than they are already. Read one passage each night to your children to protect them from the brain-snatchers and dummy-fication zombies of America's news media of the living dead." Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Review:

"America's mainstream media didn't launch the war on Iraq, but the Bush administration sure couldn't have waged it without them. The great lesson of War Made Easy is that, alas, such journalistic malfeasance is nothing new; our media has a history of enabling Washington's foreign misadventures. Perhaps if enough people read — and act on — this book, it won't be so easy next time." Mark Hertsgaard, author of On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency

Review:

"Norman Solomon is one of the bravest and best American journalists, especially when he is dissecting the topics of war and the media. War Made Easy exposes and explains the lies and deceptions that have misled our nation into vile and bloody disasters from Vietnam to El Salvador to Iraq; it reveals the frequent cowardice and culpability of the U.S. media that often behaves as a propaganda arm of the Pentagon. A sobering and essential book that Americans should read, share, and discuss." John Stauber, coauthor of Weapons of Mass Deception

Synopsis:

Many people were appalled by the Bush administration's blatant propagandizing in the run-up to the Iraq war. But what they don't realize, according to media critic Norman Solomon, is that pro-war propaganda has a long history and almost formulaic quality in the United States. From Vietnam to Iraq, American combat-ready spin has almost invariably compared our foe to Hitler, identified our enemy as the aggressor, and said that we were doing everything possible diplomatically to avoid conflict. With this illuminating book, readers will find it easier to see through propaganda — and foresee the next war.

Synopsis:

"Norman Solomon has been exploring the hard questions for thirty years, asking in particular, why our media serves us so poorly in making sense of the choices we face. War Made Easy looks at the lies we tell ourselves as we annihilate life and liberty and call it freedom."

—Paul Rogat Loeb, editor of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear

You've heard it all before, and you will no doubt hear it again. "Our leaders will do everything they can to avoid war." "They attacked us." "Our enemy is a modern-day Hitler." "This is all about human rights." And, at some point after these and other pronouncements had echoed through the media for weeks or months, American troops marched into Vietnam, Panama, or Iraq. Since the mid- 1960s, American presidents have developed, refined, and perfected powerful propaganda machines for leading the nation to war.

In War Made Easy, nationally syndicated columnist, media critic, and author Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades.

This user-friendly guide to disinformation parses the preludes to American military adventures past and present. It reveals striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war. This proven formula includes everything from demonizing the enemy and proclaiming the selflessness of American motives to disseminating inaccurate "facts" and dispatching armies of well-briefed pundits to repeat them ceaselessly in the media and brand any opposition as unpatriotic and anti-American.

Even more distressing than this heavily orchestrated approach to beating the war drum, Solomon says, is its repeated success. In virtually every instance, a president who wanted to go to war was able to do so with minimal political opposition, substantial cooperation in the media, and the support of most of the public.

War Made Easy is important reading for every American. In addition to documenting a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power, it lays out important guidelines to help us distinguish elements in a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. By following these simple suggestions, every citizen can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid the next costly and unnecessary war.

Synopsis:

"A sobering and essential book that Americans should read, share, and discuss."

—JOHN STAUBER, coauthor of Weapons of Mass Deception

You've heard it all before, and you will no doubt hear it again. "Our leaders will do everything they can to avoid war." "They attacked us." "Our enemy is a modern-day Hitler." "This is all about human rights." And, at some point after these and other pronouncements had echoed through the media for weeks or months, American troops marched into Vietnam, Panama, or Iraq.

In War Made Easy, Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades. In addition to documenting a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power, it lays out important guidelines to help us distinguish elements in a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. By following these simple suggestions, every citizen can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid the next costly and unnecessary war.

"An engaging book that helps explain how the myth-making machine works."

The Texas Observer

"If you want to help prevent another war (Iran? Syria?), read War Made Easy now. This is a stop-the-presses book filled with mind-blowing facts about Washington's warmongers who keep the Pentagon budget rising."

—JIM HIGHTOWER, author of Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush

"A definitive historical text . . . an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets."

The Humanist

"Our media has a history of enabling Washington's foreign misadventures. Perhaps if enough people read—and act on—this book, it won't be so easy next time."

—MARK HERTSGAARD, author of On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency

About the Author

Norman Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. His columns have appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and USA Today. Solomon has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN's Washington Journal and Book TV, and has been a guest on various National Public Radio programs. His last book, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You, has been translated into Italian, German, Hungarian, and Korean.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Building Agendas for War
1. America Is a Fair and Noble Superpower
2. Our Leaders Will Do Everything They Can to Avoid War
3. Our Leaders Would Never Tell Us Outright Lies
4. This Guy Is a Modern-Day Hitler
5. This Is about Human Rights
6. This Is Not at All about Oil or Corporate Profits
7. They Are the Aggressors, Not Us
8. If This War Is Wrong, Congress Will Stop It
9. If This War Is Wrong, the Media Will Tell Us
10. Media Coverage Brings War into Our Living Rooms
11. Opposing the War Means Siding with the Enemy
12. This Is a Necessary Battle in the War on Terrorism
13. What the U.S. Government Needs Most Is Better PR
14. The Pentagon Fights Wars as Humanely as Possible
15. Our Soldiers Are Heroes, Theirs Are Inhuman
16. America Needs the Resolve to Kick the "Vietnam Syndrome"
17. Withdrawal Would Cripple U.S. Credibility
Afterword
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471790013
Author:
Solomon, Norman
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Subject:
Peace
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
History Special Topics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
June 23, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.18 x 0.92 in

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"Review" by , "Brutally persuasive...a must-read for those who would like greater context with their bitter morning coffee, or to arm themselves for the debates about Iraq that are still to come."
"Review" by , "Solomon's timely analysis...provides the public, analysts, and journalists with useful tips on how to evaluate the prewar messages of any administration, current or historical."
"Review" by , "An engaging book that helps explain how the myth-making machine works."
"Review" by , "Solomon is one of the sharpest media-watchers in the business."
"Review" by , "If you want to help prevent another war (Iran? Syria?), read War Made Easy now. This is a stop-the-presses book filled with mind-blowing facts about Washington's warmongers who keep the Pentagon budget rising. It would be funny if people weren't dying. War Made Easy exposes the grisly game and offers the information we need to stop it."
"Review" by , "If you don't have fun reading Norman Solomon's War Made Easy, you don't know how to have a good time. This exceptional book will drive our leaders bonkers and their mouthpieces in the U.S. press crazier than they are already. Read one passage each night to your children to protect them from the brain-snatchers and dummy-fication zombies of America's news media of the living dead."
"Review" by , "America's mainstream media didn't launch the war on Iraq, but the Bush administration sure couldn't have waged it without them. The great lesson of War Made Easy is that, alas, such journalistic malfeasance is nothing new; our media has a history of enabling Washington's foreign misadventures. Perhaps if enough people read — and act on — this book, it won't be so easy next time."
"Review" by , "Norman Solomon is one of the bravest and best American journalists, especially when he is dissecting the topics of war and the media. War Made Easy exposes and explains the lies and deceptions that have misled our nation into vile and bloody disasters from Vietnam to El Salvador to Iraq; it reveals the frequent cowardice and culpability of the U.S. media that often behaves as a propaganda arm of the Pentagon. A sobering and essential book that Americans should read, share, and discuss."
"Synopsis" by , Many people were appalled by the Bush administration's blatant propagandizing in the run-up to the Iraq war. But what they don't realize, according to media critic Norman Solomon, is that pro-war propaganda has a long history and almost formulaic quality in the United States. From Vietnam to Iraq, American combat-ready spin has almost invariably compared our foe to Hitler, identified our enemy as the aggressor, and said that we were doing everything possible diplomatically to avoid conflict. With this illuminating book, readers will find it easier to see through propaganda — and foresee the next war.
"Synopsis" by , "Norman Solomon has been exploring the hard questions for thirty years, asking in particular, why our media serves us so poorly in making sense of the choices we face. War Made Easy looks at the lies we tell ourselves as we annihilate life and liberty and call it freedom."

—Paul Rogat Loeb, editor of The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear

You've heard it all before, and you will no doubt hear it again. "Our leaders will do everything they can to avoid war." "They attacked us." "Our enemy is a modern-day Hitler." "This is all about human rights." And, at some point after these and other pronouncements had echoed through the media for weeks or months, American troops marched into Vietnam, Panama, or Iraq. Since the mid- 1960s, American presidents have developed, refined, and perfected powerful propaganda machines for leading the nation to war.

In War Made Easy, nationally syndicated columnist, media critic, and author Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades.

This user-friendly guide to disinformation parses the preludes to American military adventures past and present. It reveals striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war. This proven formula includes everything from demonizing the enemy and proclaiming the selflessness of American motives to disseminating inaccurate "facts" and dispatching armies of well-briefed pundits to repeat them ceaselessly in the media and brand any opposition as unpatriotic and anti-American.

Even more distressing than this heavily orchestrated approach to beating the war drum, Solomon says, is its repeated success. In virtually every instance, a president who wanted to go to war was able to do so with minimal political opposition, substantial cooperation in the media, and the support of most of the public.

War Made Easy is important reading for every American. In addition to documenting a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power, it lays out important guidelines to help us distinguish elements in a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. By following these simple suggestions, every citizen can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid the next costly and unnecessary war.

"Synopsis" by , "A sobering and essential book that Americans should read, share, and discuss."

—JOHN STAUBER, coauthor of Weapons of Mass Deception

You've heard it all before, and you will no doubt hear it again. "Our leaders will do everything they can to avoid war." "They attacked us." "Our enemy is a modern-day Hitler." "This is all about human rights." And, at some point after these and other pronouncements had echoed through the media for weeks or months, American troops marched into Vietnam, Panama, or Iraq.

In War Made Easy, Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades. In addition to documenting a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power, it lays out important guidelines to help us distinguish elements in a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. By following these simple suggestions, every citizen can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid the next costly and unnecessary war.

"An engaging book that helps explain how the myth-making machine works."

The Texas Observer

"If you want to help prevent another war (Iran? Syria?), read War Made Easy now. This is a stop-the-presses book filled with mind-blowing facts about Washington's warmongers who keep the Pentagon budget rising."

—JIM HIGHTOWER, author of Let's Stop Beating Around the Bush

"A definitive historical text . . . an indispensable record of the real relationships among government authorities and media outlets."

The Humanist

"Our media has a history of enabling Washington's foreign misadventures. Perhaps if enough people read—and act on—this book, it won't be so easy next time."

—MARK HERTSGAARD, author of On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency

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