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David

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  • The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth, From 9/11 to Katrina

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Frank Rich
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    When America was attacked on 9/11, its citizens almost unanimously rallied behind its new, untested president as he went to war. What they didn't know at the time was that the Bush administration's highest priority was not to vanquish Al Qaeda, but to consolidate its own power at any cost. It was a mission that could be accomplished only by a propaganda presidency in which reality was steadily replaced by a scenario of the White House's own invention.

    Steven N. Silverman says: "Listen to the facts, forgive the edge"
    "Style without content"
    Overall

    This is a subject matter for which people in the know have published a shelf full of books jam-packed with content. "Greatest Story" is a stylistic REVIEW from the famed Times Critic. You can hear chapters about how "Chicago" won the Oscar during the war, and what similarities that films plot has to the the image selling of the war by the administration.
    Rich knows about as much as a media critic would know about the Iraq war. If you have read three or four other books on the subject, you know more than that.
    If you are reading the recent Fiasco, Against all Enemies, and Woodward's offerings on the subject, style without content seemed to be unnecessary within the Iraq War Genre.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful

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