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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (20 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745322018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745322018
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'If you suspect that the media have not told you the full truth about the Iraq War, read this book. It is a revelation.' Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Did the US and UK governments lie about weapons of mass destruction to promote an attack on Iraq?

Did the media hold them to account or act as cheerleaders for war?

Tell me Lies reveals the systematic propaganda used by both the US and UK governments to convince us of the 'threat' from Iraq. It shows how we were deliberately misled into a war that has resulted in a humanitarian disaster in Iraq and threatens to create further instability and resentment of the US and UK throughout the Middle East.

Written by some of the world's leading journalists and commentators, it's a scathing indictment of the role of the mainstream media in legitimising government actions and undermining dissent. Critics, activists and journalists from both sides of the Atlantic explore alternatives such as the internet and Al Jazeera and provide analysis and guidance on resisting the media war.

About the Author

David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Geography and Sociology at the University of Strathclyde. He has previously edited Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy (2007), Arguments Against G8 (2005) and Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq (2003) for Pluto Press.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe Ray on 3 Jan. 2005
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This is one of the first books of this sort I have read and I wasn't disappointed. I bought it for use in a project at college and with it I was able to get most of my research done.
The book is split into lots of different articles so you get a broad range of views (although all of them sceptical) with some merely expressing their views and others conducting studies etc.
Overall the book gives a very in-depth view into the Iraq conflict and raises a lot of questions you had never even thought of before - a definite must-buy for anyone interested.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Tayeb on 7 Jun. 2008
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I bought the book and I am pleased to say that I found what I was looking for. An extensive collection of articles full of rational arguments of what is going on in Iraq and the un-holy war that is still taking place there.
It provokes and probes and stimulates..
if you are after a journey of shocking truths this one is for you..
get it now and enjoy the ride!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "ben3543" on 16 Oct. 2004
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This one of the excellent new books on Iraq and the lies leading to its bloody war.....I also advise reading The Bewildered Herd: Media Coverage of International Conflicts & Public Opinion
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Informative, unique in it's info, and well worth the asking price. 11 Jun. 2011
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A very interesting book well worth reading. There are not enough books like this- unique, new information concerning how our media is "full of it"---on the side of our enemies, anti-American as well as anti-Christian, immoral and amoral, and completely sold out to the money interests that they are supposed to warn us about and help to defend against. It even describes how the American media covers up massacres of women, children, and innocent males that were unecessary casualties and the brazen manner in which the American military handles and mocks these innocent victims. In addition, the price I paid for the book was very reasonable. Amazon does a great job and provides a fantastic service. I should add that the book is not by one author but by several contributing writers, making it more interesting in this venue.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The media's methods 14 Dec. 2005
By BestCut - Published on
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This book is a compilation of articles written for this book by some of the worlds top journalists and scholars. It is a study of the methods by which the mass media decieves the people. The person believeing the contributors to be liers failed to understand that disagreing with them does not make them so. This is a great book for understanding the mechanics of propaganda in the US and everywhere. An excellent book by the people that understand what is going on.

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must-read book for anyone with intelligence and curious mind 26 Nov. 2004
By mag biggs - Published on
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this is a great book revealing all the lies put into our face by our very own media govt that we elect.everyone knows there were no evidence against WMD in iraq and attack on other countries are so unjustified.we have also being killing more than 500,000 iraqis since the sanction in 1994, and daily killings of palestinians in their own land. is the jewish n american life mor eprecious than the arabs? we apply state terrorism in our policy n to defend our dear friend israel,when this friend is actually the cause of all the problem in middle east. it is occupying someone's land and no action is taken about it, while we go around killing innocent people.and all the attacks were planned even earlier than 911.people with conscience and the right mind will find this book very interesting. Those whose brains have been programmed to reject anything that's against the govt or a certain illegal country might be a bit uncomfortable though reading this book.
6 of 29 people found the following review helpful
If you want to be told lies, this will supply them 24 Nov. 2004
By Jill Malter - Published on
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Of course, this book is well-named. And it raises the question of why anyone would want to buy it, just to be told lies.

I simply don't understand why anyone would want to produce such stuff.

After all, there are quite legitimate things one could say about what we were told in the leadup to the war against Iraq. We all knew that Saddam Hussein had used poison gas against his own people. We knew that there was a question about Iraq's progress towards obtaining nuclear weapons, or at least enough of a threat to preclude an attack.

Can it be argued that the statements about the Iraqi nuclear weapons threat were false and that these statements caused us to reach a decision to go to war? I think a case can be made for it. But don't worry! The authors of this book do no such thing. They just say whatever nonsense pops into their heads and pretty much taunt their readers.

Can it be argued that the media are becoming ever more untrustworthy? Yes. A case can be made for that as well. And once again, the authors miss an opportunity to address their readers in a civilized and honest manner.

Folks, it doesn't have to be this way. If you have a case, please make it! When you want to expose lies, just do it! Sure, many of the authors of this book have very bad records when it comes to honesty. But I'd ignore that and just read the book on its merits if they would put the past behind them and simply tell the truth. And my advice has to be: if you want to fight lies, tell the truth. When you publish a book like this one, be on your best behavior.

In any case, the actual book is a ridiculous joke.
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