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Everyone should read this!,
This review is from: Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq (Paperback)I was a bit disappointed when I first saw the cover of the book. Most books on the subject of war in Iraq are very serious, inside and out. This one though has a small comic strip featuring Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush. The first two are constantly bickering at one another, while Bush is screaming saying "Guys, if you can't do better than THAT, the audience will is NEVER going to believe this script! From the top and remember, you'r supposed to be BUDDIES".
Yes I smiled, it's funny. And I could show it to some friends who were a bit bemused by it. But in a way I was worried. With a cover like this I was scared that this wouldn't be a "serious" (read "believable") book. After all I had bought this hoping I would get rid of Michael Moore style rants and... I was getting something like it? God no!
My fears were totally unfounded. Inside I found one of the most readable, most well researched and most serious books I have read on this subject.
So, on to content. It's scary. Very scary. The level of spin doctoring, propaganda and was marketing is so frightening and overwelming that nowadays it is all but impossible to get a correct news piece from the main media sources. The quantity of news pieces broadcast in the US, be it TV or newspapers, is also flagging, leading to a huge gap between Americans' and Europeans' and Muslims' perceptions of the so called war on terrorism.
The funny thing is that much of the book could have been written by someone who is politically neutral or even right-wing: while facts are indisputable, especially when the sources are official, only some of the interpretations and a full chapter at most ("Doublespeak", after George Orwell's 1984) could have been written by the left wingers that I suppose the authors are.
So this book has many different edges, depending on your context. If you're a Bush supporter buy this and you'll think again; if you're against Bush's war on terrorism then this book will also have a lot of new things for you; f you're undecided, look no further: this book will tell all that there seems to be worth knowing about the lies and deceiving behind "Bush's war".
The funny thing is that, as a fellow Amazon client says about this book, you'd better read it in chunks otherwise you'll feel so disgusted with so many inconvenient truths. I myself read this in 6 days and am so "full" of information I just had to go and read something lighter. So it's fiction this time.