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The First Casualty. From the Crimea to Vietnam: The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist, and Myth Maker
The First Casualty. From the Crimea to Vietnam: The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist, and Myth Maker
By Phillip Knightley
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975, 465 pp.

The prism through which we have often formed our perceptions, the war correspondent plays a key role-usually, as Knightley demonstrates, on the side of truth, but capable of being tempted by advocacy. Even with the best of intentions he can become a victim of censorship and propaganda. A lively, highly readable book, full of vignettes from the battlefields.