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War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits…
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War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

by Norman Solomon

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War Made Easy cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge roles in the promotion of American wars in recent decades. This guide to disinformation analyzes American military adventures past and present to reveal striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to justify, and retain, public support for war. War Made Easy is essential reading. It documents a long series of deliberate misdeeds at the highest levels of power and lays out important guidelines to help readers distinguish a propaganda campaign from actual news reporting. With War Made Easy, every reader can become a savvy media critic and, perhaps, help the nation avoid costly and unnecessary wars.… (more)

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Solomon has a web site for his book: http://www.warmadeeasy.com/ and his own web site has information about him: http://www.normansolomon.com/. He has been interviewed on C-span: http://www.mediaed.org/wp/norman-solomon-on-c-span. An interesting interview took place in regards to Obama's mistake to send more troops to Afghanistan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fRF3RXiuA4. The work is very straightforward and is an easy read.

Here's a sampling from just the first five chapters:

1. America is a Fair and Noble Superpower
2. Our Leaders Will Do Everything They Can to Avoid War
3. Our Leaders Would Never Tell Us Outright Lies
4. This Guy Is a Modern-Day Hitler
5. This is About Human Rights.

His follow-up to War Made Easy is Made Love Got War: http://www.madelovegotwar.com/.

Solomon has produced a number of resources for teaching and learning about war: http://www.mediaed.org/wp/study-guides.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Norman Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. With systematic outreach to media professionals, the Institute provides news releases that offer well-documented analysis of current events and underlying issues. Serving as a consortium for an abundance of diverse expertise, the Institute for Public Accuracy makes frequent communication possible between independent policy analysts and working journalists. IPA promotes the inclusion of perspectives that widen the bounds of media discussion and enhance democratic debate.
  gmicksmith | Jan 23, 2010 |
Damning indictment of how Presidents lead us into unjust wars and how the media cheers them on. ( )
  reannon | Nov 22, 2007 |
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