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Selling War in a Media Age
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Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century

Kenneth Osgood

Abstract

George W. Bush's “Mission Accomplished” banner in 2003 and the misleading linkages of Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 terrorist attacks awoke many Americans to the techniques used by the White House to put the country on a war footing. Yet Bush was simply following in the footsteps of his predecessors, as the chapters in this volume reveal. This book reveals the often-brutal ways that the goal of influencing public opinion has shaped how American presidents have approached the most momentous duty of their office: waging war.

Keywords: George W. Bush, Mission Accomplished, Saddam Hussein, 9/11, Americans, techniques, White House, war, public opinion, presidents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034669
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034669.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Osgood, author
Florida Atlantic University