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Big Story: How the American Press and Television Reported and Interpreted the Crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington (Volumes I & II, Complete) (Westview Special Studies in Communications Series)

Braestrup, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0891580123 / ISBN 13: 9780891580126
Published by Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 1977
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First Edition, First Printing; red c w/gilt titles; Volume I: xxxvii, 740 pp, b&w frontis, maps, b&w illus throughout. Volume II: x, Appendixes, Tables, Story Indexes, Picture Indexes, 706 pp. Clean, unmarked copy.A fascinating study of how the Vietnam War was presented to the U. S. public by the media. Descriptions of "herd journalism", "portentous journalism" and "projection journalism"; and the way in which the "Big Story" always took precedence over "routine developments" in the war. With an analysis of perception versus reality in the coverage of the Tet offensive; specifically, the misperceptions concerning the attack on the U. S. Embassy compound in Saigon. An important source for students of journalism and for any thinking person interested in the way war is presented by the media.will not fit in priority envelope Size: 8 vo. Bookseller Inventory # 108358

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Title: Big Story: How the American Press and ...

Publisher: Westview Press, Boulder, CO

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Maps

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Edition: 1st.

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Peter Braestrup, a veteran journalist and Saigon-based reporter for the Washington Post during the Tet Offensive, examines how the American press and television reported and interpreted the crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington. In its first edition, Big Story won the 1978 Sigma Delta Chi Award for research in journalism. Map.


This isn't your usual focus on the events of Vietnam: rather, it's a refreshing examination of how the American press reported the Crisis of Tet in 1968, revealing the underlying politics influencing reporting styles and choices. This has been abridged and updated to appear in a new edition to reach new audiences, and is an excellent pick. -- Midwest Book Review

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