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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Edition of My Book on Iraq War (and Media Failures) Published This Week!

And it's expanded and updated--right up to this week--and in e-book form for the first time.  Still with the Bruce Springsteen preface.  The popular book, So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits--and the President--Failed on Iraq, is now on sale at just $3.39 for next two days.   Covers the war, and the media misconduct, from the "run-up" to the "surge," plus a new Introduction and lengthy Afterword that traces the tragedy right up to last month's Bradley Manning hearing.  It's all here: from Judy Miller to Valerie Plame (plus Stephen Colbert's Bush roast).  E-book works with Kindle, iPads, phones, etc. with free apps.  Here are some blurbs.

"Greg Mitchell has given us a razor-sharp critique of how the media and the government connived in one of the great blunders of American foreign policy. Every aspiring journalist, every veteran, every pundit—and every citizen who cares about the difference between illusion and reality, propaganda and the truth, and looks to the press to help keep them separate—should read this book. Twice." — Bill Moyers

“The profound failure of the American press with regard to the Iraq War may very well be the most significant political story of this generation. Greg Mitchell has established himself as one of our country's most perceptive media critics, and here he provides invaluable insight into how massive journalistic failures enabled the greatest strategic disaster in the nation's history.” — Glenn GreenwaldGuardian writer and author of A Tragic Legacy.

“Worthy of shelving alongside the best of the Iraq books.”-- Kirkus Reviews

"Anyone who cares about the integrity of the American media should read this book. Greg Mitchell asks tough questions about the Iraq war that should have been asked long ago, in a poignant, patriotic, and thoughtful dissection of our war in Iraq. Mitchell names names and places blame on those who’ve blundered. Examining the most complex issue of our time, he connects the dots like no one else has." — Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America

"Excellent book!" --  Bruce Springsteen

"A handy companion.  What he succeeds in doing is laying out a five-year, month-by-month chronicle of how correspondents and pundits were duped, while he intermingles their misplaced observations with those rare, shining moments of press prescience." -- David Friend, Vanity Fair

"What's so interesting about this book is it's almost a diary, a journal,  of how the false foundation was built for the war." --Amy Goodman

"Greg Mitchell makes it clear that Iraq is a case study in bad judgment, from the misguided moves of an administration blinded by its zealotry to a complacent media that too often acted as an extension of the White House press office. Read it and weep; read it and get enraged; read it and make sure it doesn't happen again." — Arianna Huffington

"In war truth is too often the first casualty, and it is not just a President or a Secretary of Defense or assorted official spokesmen who do the killing. Our brothers and sisters in the media also participate in the execution. Greg Mitchell has taken that as his lesson and in so doing has done a service to future generations in our business." --Joseph Galloway, military reporter and co-author, We Were Soldiers Once...and Proud


Anonymous said...

Fundamentally, the Iraq war was ONE war, not two.
Between the "end" of the 1991 war until Bush II re-invaded in '03 IRAQ WAS A WAR WITH USA AND UK.
Daily, Iraqi gunners fired missels & bullets at patrolling aircraft...from 1990s onward. The Bush II Iraq portion was to finish up what should have been accomplished in 1991. Saddam should have been gone in 1991; it wasn't done right the first time, so we had to go back and finish it up. Pretty obvious when you look at it with perspective now available.

Anonymous said...

Oops! I'm full of baloney.