The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy by Stephanie Gutmann (Hardback, 2005)
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- DescriptionSince its founding, Israel has become legendary for winning wars waged against it by much larger armies. But those were conventional conflicts where uniformed soldiers fought on clearly delineated fronts, using tanks, aircraft and artillery. Israel has t fared so well in the new wars of the twenty-first century, where key battles are fought on editorial pages and television screens, and especially on the internet, where photos from the combat zone can ricochet around the world minutes after being snapped. To understand why Israel has floundered on this new battlefield, Stephanie Gutmann, who lived in the Middle East as a teenager, returned to Jerusalem and the West Bank during the second intifada to observe modern news-gathering up close. In THE OTHER WAR she documents how regional political and military realities are dependent on a constantly shifting cast of international journalists on the prowl for good pictures (their motto: if it bleeds, it leads ) or career-making scoops, and sometimes guided by hardened anti-Israel ideology. In the midst of suicide bombings and armed response, Gutmann watched as the region and its people -- Israeli and Palestinian alike -- became cardboard cutouts in dramas predetermined by ratings-obsessed editors continents away. Gutmann introduces us to key players in the daily battles for headline supremacy: the mercenary freelance photographers who hawk their bloodiest pictures to the highest bidder; the TV parachuters who drop in on the unfolding Mideast tragedy to get their face time before flying off to the next international hotspot; the Palestinian Authority spinmeisters; the politically connected, media-savvy fixers whose translation services are t typically neutral. We also meet some of those in the trenches, people like Daniel Seaman, beleaguered director of Israel's Government Press Office; and Palestinian reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, who endeavors to do comprehensive reporting about a regime, the Palestinian Authority, that often silences critics brutally. Traveling into the disputed territories herself, Gutmann reconstructs the battle for Jenin, the death of the teenage martyr Mohammed al-Dura, and other climactic moments in the struggle for the world's hearts and minds. We learn! from her absorbing insider's account that there is a reality in this region never touched by the international press corps, and that as in other wars, truth is indeed the first casualty.
- Author BiographyStephanie Gutmann received a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and worked for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post and other newspapers. Her essays have appeared in such publications as the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Ms Gutmann is the author of The Kinder, Gentler Military, which was listed among Notable Nonfiction of 2000 by the New York Times Book Review.
- Author(s)Stephanie Gutmann
- PublisherEncounter Books,USA
- Date of Publication25/11/2005
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEncounter Books,USA
- Weight599 g
- Width163 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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