Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 16, 2007 - History - 272 pages
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Threats to freedom of the press and the need for democratic dialogue are always greatest in wartime. At a time when the debate over the role of the free press is as contentious as ever before, John Byrne Cooke, son of the veteran journalist Alistair Cooke, delivers a must-read exploration of freedom of the press in wartime throughout American history. Reporting the War brings to life how the press has affected the course of some, but not all, American wars, how the government has tried to suppress opposing opinion, how the press has struggled, and continues to struggle to preserve the principles of the Founding Fathers. Cooke charts a fascinating journey from the American Revolution to the ongoing War on Terrorism.

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REPORTING THE WAR: Freedom of the Press From the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The son of famed expat journalist Alistair Cooke doffs his historical-novelist garb (South of the Border, 1989, etc.) to offer well-placed insights on the press in wartime.Democracy is more demanding ... Read full review

Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism

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Historical novelist Cooke (The Snowblind Moon) gives an excellent, incisive commentary on how freedom of the press in the U.S., from the time of the 13 colonies on, has played out in times of war ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

John Byrne Cooke is the author of several critically acclaimed historical novels, including The Snowblind Moon, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Alternate and recipient of a Spur Award, and South of the Border, which was a Literary Guild selection. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming.

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