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The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush's America
The Greatest Story Ever Sold The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush's America
Author: Frank Rich
Examines White House propaganda from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through Hurricane Katrina, arguing that the Bush administration fabricated and put a spin on events and statements in order to receive public support. Includes a time line that compares administration spin to actual events.
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ISBN-13: 9780143112341
ISBN-10: 0143112341
Publication Date: 8/28/2007
Pages: 352
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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What an eye opener. It hits home as to why we're not the great super power we believe ourselves to be.
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"The attacks of 9/11 marked a new morning in America - a wake-up call, you'd think, for a country that had become habituated to peace and prosperity and had had the luxury of devoting several years to obsessing about a president's seamy sex life.
But whatever else 9/11 was, we can see now that it was the beginning of a new national narrative - a compelling and often persuaasive story that was told by the president of the United States and his administration to mobilize a shell-shocked country desperate to be led. The story was often at variance with the facts that were known at the time, let alone with the facts that have come to light since. But it did have a slick patina of plausibility. The story was effective enough to take America into a war against a nation that did not attack it on 9/11. When future Americans look back on this period and ask, 'How did this happen?' the bultural context of the early twenty-first century may explain at least as much as the characters and offical actions that played out against that backdrop."
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I was stunned by reading this book and it is an absolute must read!
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an interesting book that follows the bush administration's selling of the war in iraq from right after 9/11 through to 2006. the whole thing depresses me anyway, but it's even more depressing when it's laid out there for you in black and white. at the end of the book is a timeline which chronicles both what the bush administration knew and what the american public was being told. troubling. very troubling. and downright infuriating.
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