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REVIEW: Riveting National Press Club tales of espionage

Volume 25, Issue 1 & 2

July, 2019

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Ellmers, S. (2019). REVIEW: Riveting National Press Club tales of espionage. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 25(1&2), 295-296.
Author(s): Steve Ellmers
Publication date: 
July, 2019

Bureau of Spies: The secret connections between espionage and journalism in Washington, by Steven T. Usdin. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 2018. 360pp. ISBN 9781633884762.

DON’T be fooled by Bureau of Spies’ provocative title. Steven Usdin’s careful and considered account of how foreign and domestic agitators have manipulated the American media and subverted that country’s democracy is thoroughly researched and extremely well written. It contains riveting descriptions of America First’s Nazi propaganda efforts as well as the extent of Russian intelligence’s attempts to hoodwink US delegates and voters. However, the setting for these seismic events is in the 20th Century rather than the 21st.