New Book on Iraq and Media — by E&P’s Editor — Published This Week

By: E&P Staff

A unique look at media coverage of the Iraq war, from 2002 to the present, written by E&P’s editor, Greg Mitchell, was published this week by Union Square Press. It is Mitchell’s ninth book. Called “So Wrong for So Long: How The Press, the Pundits — and the President — Failed on Iraq,” it features a preface by Bruce Springsteen and a foreword by Joseph L. Galloway, the legendary war reporter and co-author of”We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.”

The book can be ordered now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. It will be in most bookstores next week.

Mitchell calls the book, which significantly expands on about 80 of his columns which first appeared here at E&P Online, the first true history of the entire war, from the “runup” to the “surge” debate in recent months.

In a major pre-publication review, Kirkus called it “a lucid chronology of error, worthy of shelving alongside the best of the Iraq books to date.” Former CNN news chief Eason Jordan of Iraqslogger called it a “must red.”

The book offers a running commentary on the conflict in Iraq and within the media during a five-year era. So readers can follow the controversies surrounding Judith Miller, Pat Tillman, Donald Rumsfeld, “Scooter” Libby and even Stephen Colbert, among many others, from beginning to end.

Remarks by early reviewers follow. You can order the book at Amazon here
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“Greg Mitchell has given us a razor-sharp critique of how the media and the government connived in one of the great blunders of American foreign policy. Every aspiring journalist, every veteran, every pundit?and every citizen who cares about the difference between illusion and reality, propaganda and the truth, and looks to the press to help keep them separate?should read this book. Twice.”
? Bill Moyers

“In war truth is too often the first casualty, and it is not just a President or a Secretary of Defense or assorted official spokesmen who do the killing. Our brothers and sisters in the media also participate in the execution. Greg Mitchell has taken that as his lesson and in so doing has done a service to future generations in our business.”
–Joseph L. Galloway, famed military reporter and co-author, “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young”

“Anyone who cares about the integrity of the American media should read this book. Greg Mitchell asks tough questions about the Iraq war that should have been asked long ago, in a poignant, patriotic, and thoughtful dissection of our war in Iraq. Mitchell names names and places blame on those who?ve blundered. Examining the most complex issue of our time, he connects the dots like no one else has.”
? Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America and author of “Chasing Ghosts”

“With the tragic war in Iraq dragging on, and the drumbeat for new conflicts growing louder, this is more than a five-year history of the biggest foreign policy debacle of our times?it’s a cautionary tale that is as relevant as this morning’s headlines. Read it and weep; read it and get enraged; read it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
? Arianna Huffington

?The profound failure of the American press with regard to the Iraq War may very well be the most significant political story of this generation. Greg Mitchell has established himself as one of our country’s most perceptive media critics, and here he provides invaluable insight into how massive journalistic failures enabled the greatest strategic disaster in the nation’s history.?
? Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com writer and author of “A Tragic Legacy and How Would a Patriot Act?”
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To visit Greg Mitchell’s blog and order the book, go to blog

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