War Made Easy cuts through the web of spin and takes a critical look at the key “perception management” techniques employed to promote American military action in recent decades. Solomon reveals striking similarities in the efforts of various administrations to gain—and retain—public support for war. This proven formula includes everything from demonizing the enemy and proclaiming the selflessness of American motives to disseminating inaccurate “facts” and branding any opposition as “anti-American.” Even more distressing, Solomon says, is its repeated success. In virtually every instance, a president who wanted to go to war did so with substantial public—and media—support. Offering important guidelines to distinguish propaganda from actual news, War Made Easy hopes to reverse this trend by training citizens to be savvy media critics.
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