Read While You Wait - Get immediate ebook access, if available*, when you order a print book

The Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication

Media and the Politics of Failure

Great Powers, Communication Strategies, and Military Defeats

Authors: Roselle, L.

Free Preview

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4039-8360-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4039-7525-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $54.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-230-11677-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $36.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-349-53590-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

Roselle analyzes how political leaders of powerful states use media to explain military defeats. The cases of the United States in Vietnam and the Soviet Union in Afghanistan highlight the role of great power identity, domestic politics, and media structure.

About the authors

LAURA ROSELLE Professor of Political Science at Elon University, USA. 

Reviews

'This is a great little text. It is original, concisely written, packs a lot of argument and data into just 190 pages, and draws on some unusual primary sources.' - Media, War, & Conflict

'In this fascinating study, Laura Roselle compares how political leaders in the United States and the Soviet Union developed a media strategy to minimize or camouflage the failure of their war policies. She does this through extensive comparative content analysis, archival work, high-level interviews, and a thorough mining of the literature on both sides regarding the American withdrawal from Vietnam and the Soviet exit from Afghanistan. Though the structures and practices of the two media systems could not have been more different, Roselle's work breaks new ground with solid evidence of how the two nations' dilemmas resembled each other in multiple ways.' - Ellen Mickiewicz, James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy Studies and Director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University

'What happens to powerful nations when they lose wars? Although Vietnam and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan remain painful failures in the national psyches of the U.S. and Russia, virtually no research has been done to compare these experiences. Laura Roselle has provided a unique and insightful comparison of how two political Leviathans attempted to control information flow about unsuccessful wars. In her study of Soviet news management of the Afghanistan War and the U.S. presidential struggle with Vietnam, she reveals critical power linkages among the executive, the media and the public. In exploring this relationship, Roselle sheds light on the complex and nuanced relationship between political leaders and the image of their countries that they struggle to project. This study is particularly valuable at a time when leaders of major countries again attempt to use conflict - in Chechnya and Iraq in particular - to project a particular image of the nation. The study uses detailed primary sources, down to the notes scrawled by President Richard Nixon in the margins of memos and interviews with key Russian politicians, to show the slow and painful battle that Nixon, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev found their experience as their superpowers lost in combat to smaller nations. Roselle uses these pieces of dramatic Soviet and American history to consider the price of military failure for leaders. The lessons learned from Vietnam and Afghanistan shed important light on the dangerous dynamic of foreign policy, military intervention and a leader's attempt to retain popular support. This is a compelling, well-written work from a scholar expert in war coverage, the Soviet media and the post-Cold War media sphere.' - Sarah Oates, Senior Lecturer of Political Science, University of Glasgow


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Political Communication and Policy Legitimacy: Explaining Failure

    Pages 1-23

    Roselle, Laura

  • War Waging and Reassessment: Vietnam

    Pages 25-48

    Roselle, Laura

  • Withdrawal and Aftermath: Vietnam

    Pages 49-78

    Roselle, Laura

  • War Waging and Reassessment: Afghanistan

    Pages 79-101

    Roselle, Laura

  • Withdrawal and Aftermath: Afghanistan

    Pages 103-121

    Roselle, Laura

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4039-8360-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4039-7525-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $54.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-230-11677-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $36.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-349-53590-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Services for this Book

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media and the Politics of Failure
Book Subtitle
Great Powers, Communication Strategies, and Military Defeats
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Laura Roselle
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8360-2
DOI
10.1057/9781403983602
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7525-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11677-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53590-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 191
Topics

*immediately available upon purchase as print book shipments may be delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis. ebook access is temporary and does not include ownership of the ebook. Only valid for books with an ebook version. Springer Reference Works are not included.