Weapons of Mass Deception

Weapons of Mass Deception

The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq

Sheldon Rampton - Author

John Stauber - Author

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ISBN 9781585422760 | 256 pages | 28 Jul 2003 | Tarcher | 5.51 x 8.30in | 18 - AND UP
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Weapons of Mass Deception reveals:

  • How the Iraq war was sold to the American public through professional P.R. strategies.

  • "The First Casualty": Lies that were told related to the Iraq war.

  • Euphemisms and jargon related to the Iraq war, e.g. "shock and awe," "Operation Iraqi Freedom," "axis of evil," "coalition of the willing," etc.

  • "War as Opportunity": How the war on terrorism and the war on Iraq have been used as marketing hooks to sell products and policies that have nothing to do with fighting terrorism.

  • "Brand America": The efforts of Charlotte Beers and other U.S. propaganda campaigns designed to win hearts overseas.

  • "The Mass Media as Propaganda Vehicle": How news coverage followed Washington's lead and language.

The book includes a glossary — "Propaganda: A User's Guide" — and resources to help Americans sort through the deceptions to see the strings behind Washington's campaign to sell the Iraq war to the public.


INTRODUCTION: Liberation Day

CHAPTER 1: Branding America

CHAPTER 2: War Is Sell

CHAPTER 3: True Lies

CHAPTER 4: Doublespeak

CHAPTER 5: The Uses of Fear

CHAPTER 6: The Air War

CHAPTER 7: As Others See Us

INDEX "The authors brilliantly expose an interconnected web linking some of the country's largest public relations and advertising firms, the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House." —San Francisco Chronicle

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