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Jun 2002
The First Casualty
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The Johns Hopkins University Press
The First Casualty
by Phillip Knightley
"The first casualty when war comes is truth," said U.S. Senator Hiram Johnson in 1917. The familiar adage holds that in all wars, the wartime propaganda of the victors becomes the later official history. A sobering account of heroism, collusion, censorship and suppression, myth-making, and propaganda, that describes the struggles of the war journalist attempting to seek the truth. A reissue of Knightley's much-acclaimed 1975 book, updated to include the Falklands War, Gulf War, and Kosovo. Winner of the Overseas Press Club of America Award for the Best Book on Foreign Affairs.
"Few books have deserved an updated edition more than Phillip Kinghtley's history of war reporting since the 1850s . . . Invaluable for anyone with an interest in the media, it is equally recommended as a modern history of government lies."
     -- Times Literary Supplement
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