The First Casualty: From the Crimea to Vietnam Phillip Knightley


The First Casualty: From the Crimea to Vietnam: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker. By Phillip Knightley, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.


ISBN-10: 0156311305

ISBN-13: 978-0156311304


Explores repressive political and military influences upon and the truthfulness of the coverage of wars of the past one hundred twenty years by reporters around the world.


"The first casualty when war comes, is truth," said American Senator Hiram Johnson in 1917. In his gripping, now-classic history of war journalism, Phillip Knightley shows just how right Johnson was. From William Howard Russell, who described the appalling conditions of the Crimean War in the Times of London, to the ranks of reporters, photographers, and cameramen who captured the realities of war in Vietnam, The First Casualty tells a fascinating story of heroism and collusion, censorship and suppression.


Hardcover. Nice condition with light wear to jacket and book. 465 pages.


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