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Mightier Than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Westview Pr
Publication date July 28, 2015
Pages 300
Binding Paperback
Edition 4th
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780813349770
ISBN-10 081334977X
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $40.00
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In this engaging examination of the media's influence on US history and politics, Rodger Streitmatter visits sixteen landmark episodes, from the American Revolution to the present-day fight for gay and lesbian marriage equality. In each of these cases, Streitmatter succinctly illustrates the enormous role that journalism has played in not merely recording this nation's history but also in actively shaping it. Mightier than the Sword offers students and professors a highly readable and accessible alternative to journalism history textbooks. Instead of trying to document every detail in the development of US media through dry, dull lists of names, dates, and headlines, this book focuses on sixteen discrete episodes that illustrate a point that is much larger than the sum of their parts: media have played and continue to play an enormous role in shaping this nation.

The fourth edition features an entirely new chapter on the way US media have championed various gay and lesbian rights initiatives, from the 2003 Lawrence vs. Texas sodomy case through the June 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). Balancing criticism and celebration of news media and exploring both print and electronic platforms, Mightier than the Sword provides students with a sense of the power and responsibility inherent in the institution of journalism.



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Hardcover
from Westview Pr (April 1, 1997)
9780813332109 | details & prices | 287 pages | 9.50 × 6.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $28.00
About: In this pathbreaking book, Rodger Streitmatter takes the reader on a sightseeing tour of American history as influenced by the public press, visiting fourteen landmark events in U.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780813332116 Book cover for 9780813343907 Book cover for 9780813346304 Book cover for 9780813349770
 
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4th edition from Westview Pr (July 28, 2015)
9780813349770 | details & prices | 300 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.02 lbs | List price $40.00
About: In this engaging examination of the media's influence on US history and politics, Rodger Streitmatter visits sixteen landmark episodes, from the American Revolution to the present-day fight for gay and lesbian marriage equality.
3 edition from Westview Pr (December 27, 2011)
9780813346304 | details & prices | 316 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $38.00
About: In this path-breaking book, Rodger Streitmatter takes readers on a sightseeing tour of American history as influenced by the public press, visiting sixteen landmark events in US history, from the American Revolution and the civil rights movement to Watergate and 9/11.
2 edition from Westview Pr (December 24, 2007)
9780813343907 | details & prices | 323 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $40.00
About: In this pathbreaking book, Rodger Streitmatter takes the reader on a sightseeing tour of American history as influenced by the public press, visiting fifteen landmark events in US history, from the American Revolution and the struggle for women's rights to the civil rights movement and Watergate.
from Perseus Books (May 1, 1998)
9789990099492 | details & prices | List price $0.02
from Westview Pr (March 5, 1998)
9780813332116 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $38.00
About: In this pathbreaking book, Rodger Streitmatter takes the reader on a sightseeing tour of American history as influenced by the public press, visiting fourteen landmark events in U.

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