Reporting the wars

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Greenwood Press, 1972 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 322 pages
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Much of the lure of the war dispatch permeates this book, the first full-length history of modern war news. Professor Mathews traces the development of war news coverage for the last 200 years, from the time of the Napoleonic Wars through World War II. He recognizes that, with the increasing complexity of modern warfare, the scope of war news has broadened proportionately, but the main emphasis is on the hard core of war news -- information about battles and the people participating in them. News emanating from official sources as well as that from independent (usually newspaper) sources is discussed. War news is inseparably associated with the forces of censorship and propaganda, and Professor Mathews gives full consideration to this problem. Illuminating examples of war correspondence, ranging from a newsbook description of a battle in the Thirty Years War to the broadcast from a bomber over Normandy on D-Day, 1944, are given. The story, as a whole, is colorful and entertaining. Even more important, it is indispensable for a rounded understanding of history and an informed vigilance against the dangers of suppression or falsification of news. Historians, journalists, military personnel, and political scientists will find the book especially rewarding and useful for study and teaching in their particular fields. The book is illustrated with drawings and cartoons from periodicals ranging all the way in history from The Swedish Intelligencer of 1632 through Harper's Weekly of the Civil War period down to the New York Post of our own times.

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