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"This is the story of war reporting, of war correspondents, and the legion of influences that can distort and obstruct efforts to report the truth. It tells of the war correspondent and his search for truth or his role as a propagandist for his, or another government. From William Howard Russell who blew the whistle on the appalling conditions of the British forces in the Crimea to the correspondents who lifted the lid on the reality of the Vietnam War, theirs is a story of a web of heroism and manipulation, censorship and espionage. The lengths to which governments lie, to fool the citizens of the enemy and, even more so, to fool their own, has not diminished with the years it is argued - it has grown."

"FIVE STARS!!! As a military officer who works routinely with the media, this book is my number-one choice for anybody who wants to understand how the relationship between media and the military became what it is today. This book simply tells a great story. Whether your interest is in media, the military or history, I think you'll have a hard time putting it down."

"The first casualty when war comes, is truth, said American Senator Hiram Johnson in 1917. In his gripping, now-classic history of war journalism, Phillip Knightley shows just how right Johnson was. The First Casualty tells a fascinating story of heroism and collusion, censorship and suppression."

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Hardback 1975.

465 pages + 32 pages of photographs.

Good condition.

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