Information Wars

How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It

Richard Stengel
AUD $22.99
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The first and only insider account exploring how the US tried - and failed - to combat the global rise of disinformation that eventually spilled into the 2016 election.

During the final three years of the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time magazine and an Under Secretary of State, was on the front lines of the new global information war. At the time, he was the single person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving and combating both ISIS's messaging and Russian disinformation. Then, in 2016, as the presidential election unfolded, Stengel watched as Donald Trump used disinformation himself, weaponising the grievances of Americans who felt overlooked. In fact, Stengel quickly came to see how all three players had used the same playbook: ISIS sought to make Islam great again; Putin tried to make Russia great again; and we all know about Trump.

In a narrative that is by turns dramatic and eye-opening, Information Wars walks readers through this often frustrating battle. Stengel moves through Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and introduces characters from Putin to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Mohamed bin Salman to show how disinformation is impacting our global society. An urgent book for our times, Information Wars stresses that we must find a way to combat this ever growing threat to democracy.

Author bio:

Richard Stengel was the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2013-2016. Before working at the State Department, he was the editor of Time magazine for seven years. From 1992 to 1994, he collaborated with Nelson Mandela on the South African leader's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. His other books include the New York Times bestseller Mandela's Way, January Sun and You're Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery. He lives in New York.

Category: Politics & Government
ISBN: 9781611854688
Publisher: Atlantic
Imprint: Grove Press
Pub Date: August 2020
Page Extent: 304
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Political structure & processes

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