Mission Al Jazeera

Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World
by Josh Rushing [Palgrave Macmillan]

This book is part memoir, tracing Josh Rushing's path from military spokesman during the Iraq war - a role most famously documented in Jehane Noujaim's documentary Control Room - to on-air producer for Al Jazeera's English-language broadcast service. As such, it provides a fascinating insider perspective on that network's possible role in the US (the network has hardly any carriage on US cable systems). While light on deep analysis of the US media or the war, the book does provides Rushing some opportunity to critique the US military's press relations during the war, and he compares Jazeera's coverage of the war favorably to the largely uncritical US network coverage. Rushing also provides many interesting anecdotes on press-military interactions at CentCom in Kuwait. -jl

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