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These are books which helped with the research for Flat Earth News and/or which are just worth reading if you want background.

 

 



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Ashcroft, Michael. Dirty Politics, Dirty Times. (London: MAA Publishing, 2005)

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Bergen, Peter. The Osama bin Laden I Know. An oral history of al Qaeda's leader. (New York: Free Press, 2006)
Bernays, Edward. Propaganda (New York: Ig Publishing, 2005, original publication 1928)
Bolton, Roger. Death on the Rock and other stories. (London: WH Allen, 1990)
Borjesson, Kristian, Ed. Into The Buzzsaw. Leading journalists expose the myth of a free press. (New York: Prometheus Books, 2004)
Boorstin, Daniel. The Image. A guide to pseudo-events in America. (New York: Vintage, 1992, original publication 1961)
Broder, David. Behind the Front Page. A candid look at how news is made. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987)

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Cardiff University's report on the quality and independence of British journalism, commissioned by Nick Davies and repeatedly quoted during the early chapters of Flat Earth News, is at http://www.mediawise.org.uk/display_page.php?id=999

Curran, James; Gaber, Ivor; and Julian Petley. Culture Wars. The media and the British left. (London: Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

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Davis, Aeron. Public Relations Democracy. Public relations, politics and the mass media in Britain. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)
Deacon, Richard. The Truth Twisters. Disinformation: the making and spreading of official distortions, half-truths and lies. (London: Macdonald, 1987)
Dorril, Stephen. MI6. Fifty years of special operations. (London: Fourth Estrate, 2000).

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Ellul, Jacques. Propaganda. The formation of men's attitudes. (New York: Vintage, 1973)
Evans, Harold. Good Times, Bad Times. (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1983)
Ewen, Stuart. PR! A social history of spin. (New York: Basic Books, 1996)

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Fenton, Tom. Bad News. The decline of reporting, the business of news and the danger to us all. (New York: ReganBooks, 2005)
Fletcher, Richard. British Propaganda Since World War II. A case study. (London: Media, Culture and Society, 1982)
Friel, Howard and Falk, Richard. The Record of the Paper. How the New York times misreports US foreign policy. (New York: Verso, 2004)
Franklin, Bob. Packaging Politics. (London: Arnold, 2004)

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Giles, Frank. Sundry Times. (London: John Murray, 1986)
Glenton, George and Pattinson, William. The Last Chronicle of Bouverie Street
Greenslade, Roy. Press Gang. How newspapers make profit from propaganda. (London: Macmillan, 2003)

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Hall, Richard. My Life with Tiny. A biography of Tiny Rowland. (Faber and Faber, 1987)
Harris, Robert. Gotcha! The media, the government and the Falklands crisis (London: Faber and Faber, 1983)
Harris, Robert. Selling Hitler. The story of the Hitler diaries. (London: Faber and Faber, 1986)
Harris, Robert. Good and Faithful Servant. The unauthorised biography of Bernard Ingham. (London: Faber and Faber,1990)
Harris, Thomas. Value-Added Public Relations. The secret weapon of integrated marketing. (New York: NTC Business Books, 1998)
Hashim, Ahmed. Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq (London: C Hurst and Co, 2006)
Herman, Edward and Chomsky, Noam. Manufacturing Consent (London: Vintage, 1994)
Hobsbawm, Julia. Ed. Where the Truth Lies. Trust and morality in PR and journalism (London: Atlantic Books, 2006)
Hounam, Peter. The Woman From Mossad. The torment of Mordechai Vanunu. (London: Vision Paperbacks, 1999)

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Jack, Ian. Gibraltar. (Cambridge: Granta, 1988)
Jones, Nicholas. The Control Freaks. How New Labour gets its own way. (London: Politico's, 2001)
Jones, Nicholas. Trading Information. Leaks, lies and tip-offs. (London: Politico's, 2006)

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Kampfner, John. Blair's Wars. (London: Free Press, 2003)
Kitty, Alexandra. Don't Believe It. How lies becomes news. (New York: Disinformation Company, 2005)
Knightley, Phillip. The First Casualty. From the Crimea to Vietnam: the war correspondent as hero, propagandist and myth maker. (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 2005)
Kovach, Bill and Rosentiel, Tom. The Elements of Journalism. (London: Atlantic Books, 2003)
Kurtz, Howard. Spin Cycle. Inside the Clinton propaganda machine. (London: Pan, 1998)

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Lashmar, Paul and Oliver, James. Britain's Secret Propaganda War. (London: Sutton Publishing, 1998)
Lester, Julius. Look Out, Whitey! Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama. (New York; Grove Press, 1968)
Lloyd, John. What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics. (London: Constable, 2004)
Lovelock, James. The Revenge of Gaia. Why the Earth is fighting back and how we can still save humanity. (London: Penguin, 2006)

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MacArthur, John. Second Front. Censorship and propaganda in the 1991 Gulf war. (London: University of California Press, 2004)
Margach, James. The Abuse of Power. The war between Downing Street and the media. (London: WH Allen, 1978)
Mayhew, Christopher and Adams, Michael. Publish It Not. The Middle East cover-up. (Oxfoid: Signal Books, 2006. Original publication 1975)
Meyer, Philip. The Vanishing Newspaper. Saving journalism in the information age. (New York: University of Missouri Press, 2004)
Moncrieff, Chris. Living on a Deadline. A history of the Press Association. (London: Virgin Books, 2001)

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Napoleoni, Loretta. Insurgent Iraq. Al Zarqawi and the new generation. (London: Constable, 2005)
Neil, Andrew. Full Disclosure. (London: Macmillan, 1996)

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Oborne, Peter. The Rise of Political Lying(London: Free Press, 2005)
Oborne, Peter and Walters, Simon. Alastair Campbell. (London: Aurum, 2004)

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Packard, Vance. The Hidden Persuaders (New York: David McKay, 1957)
Page, Bruce. The Murdoch Archipelago (London: Simon and Schuster, 2003)
Page, Bruce; Leitch, David; Knightley, Phillip. Philby, the spy who betrayed a generation. (London: Andre Deutsch, 1969)
Palast, Greg. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. An investigative reporter exposes the truth about globalization, corporate cons and high finance fraudsters.(London; Pluto Press, 2002)
Parry, Roobert. Secrecy and Privilege. Rise of the Bush dynasty from Watergate to Iraq. (New York: The Media Consortium, 2004)
Phillips, Peter and Project Censored. Censored 2006 - the top 25 censored stories. ((New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006)
Pike Report on the CIA. (New York: Spokesman Books,1977)
Price, Lance. The Spin Doctor's Diary. Inside Number 10 with New Labour. (London: Hodder and Stoughton,2006)

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Rampton, Sheldon and Stauber, John. Weapons of Mass Deception. The use of propaganda in Bush's war on Iraq. (London: Robinson, 2003)
Rampton, Sheldon and Stauber, John. Toxic Sludge is Good For Your. Lies, damn lies and the public relations industry. (London: Robinson, 2004)
Read, Donald. The Power of News. The history of Reuters. (London: Oxford University Press, 1992)
Ritter, Scott. Iraq Confidential. The untold story of America's intelligence conspiracy. (New York: IB Tauris, 2005)

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Sterling, Claire. The Terror Network. The secret war of international terrorism. (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981)
Stewart, Rory. Occupational Hazards. My time governing in Iraq. (London: Picador, 2006)

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Tatham, Steve. Losing Arab Hearts and Minds. The coalition, al Jazeera and Muslim public opinion. (London: C Hurst and Co, 2006)
Tomalin, Nicholas. Reporting. (London: Andre Deutsch, 1975)
Tye, Larry. The Father of Spin. Edward L bernays and the birth of public relations. (New York: Owl Books, 1998)

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Watts, Mark. Fleet Street Sewer Rat. The muckraker who got rich scavenging celebrities' binbags.
Wheen, Francis. How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. A short history of modern delusions. (London: Fourth Estate, 2004).
Windlesham, Lord and Rampton, Richard. Report on 'Death on the Rock'. (London: Faber and Faber, 1989)

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