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Secrets of Victory: The Office of Censorship and the American Press and Radio in World War II

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During World War II, the civilian Office of Censorship supervised a huge and surprisingly successful program of news management: the voluntary self-censorship of the American press. In January 1942, censorship codebooks were distributed to all American newspapers, magazines, and radio stations with the request that journalists adhere to the guidelines within. Remarkably, over the course of the war no print journalist, and only one radio journalist, ever deliberately violated the censorship code after having been made aware of it and understanding its intent.

Secrets of Victory examines the World War II censorship program and analyzes the reasons for its success. Using archival sources, including the Office of Censorship's own records, Michael Sweeney traces the development of news media censorship from a pressing necessity after the attack on Pearl Harbor to the centralized yet efficient bureaucracy that persuaded thousands of journalists to censor themselves for the sake of national security. At the heart of this often dramatic story is the Office of Censorship's director Byron Price. A former reporter himself, Price relied on cooperation with--rather than coercion of--American journalists in his fight to safeguard the nation's secrets.

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Focusing on the civilian Office of Censorship and Censorship Director Byron Price, Sweeney traces the development of news media censorship from a pressing necessity after the attack on Pearl Harbor to the centralized yet efficient bureaucracy that persuaded thousands of journalists to censor themselves for the sake of national security.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Squarely in the Lap of the Director of Censorship: The Origins and Scope of World War II Censorship

Chapter 2. The Censor Has Written Me a Very Stern Letter: Establishing Voluntary Censorship

Chapter 3. A Miscellany of Volunteer Firemen: Censorship and the Army, the Navy, and the White House

Chapter 4. Umpires Have Called the Game for Reasons I Cannot Speak Of: Radio Censorship

Chapter 5. Pearson Said He Was Going to Tell Things He Could Not Write: Drew Pearson and His Secrets

Chapter 6. The President Is Making a Trip: The Press and the President's Travels

Chapter 7. The Highest Considerations of National Security: Military Secrets and the End of Censorship

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807849149
Author:
Sweeney, Michael S.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Byron
Author:
General George S. Patton
Author:
Byron Price
Author:
President Franklin Roosevelt
Location:
Chapel Hill, NC
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
United states
Subject:
national security; American news media; right to know; First Amendment; Code of Wartime Practices; atomic bomb
Subject:
National security
Subject:
American news media
Subject:
right to know
Subject:
First Amendment
Subject:
Code of Wartime Practices
Subject:
Atomic bomb
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
106-114
Publication Date:
March 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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