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- Business and Economics: Business / General
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- Journalism and Mass Communication: Communication / General
About the Authors
— Political Science Quarterly
…an inside look at the coming together of coincidence and cross-cultural influences that have made Al-Jazeera possible.
— Middle East Policy
Valuably highlights the gaps between the West and the Middle East.
…highly recommended for those with an interest in the Middle East and the power of media to incite, debate and cause controversy.
— Foreign Area Officer Association Journal
This thorough study of Al-Jazeera, the Arab-language satellite television network, is penetrating and lucid.
A great work of pain-staking research, beautifully written on one of the major (not minor) television channels of this century.
— The Pioneer
…a timely book, which places the emergence of the satellite channel into proper perspective in a lucid and lively style.
— The Muslim World Book Review
…a valuable guide to the 21st century Arab political psyche.
— The Jerusalem Post
Deserves praise not only for providing a careful history of the station and its profound impact on the Middle East, but also for using the cherished American value of press freedom as a back door to raise doubts…about the absolute correctness of a single worldview.
— The Texas Observer
A valuable guide for the perplexed to the 21st-century Arab political psyche.
— The Sunday Telegraph
Highly recommended for those with an interest in the Middle East and the power of media to incite, debate and cause controversy.
— FAO Journal
For those who want to decide for themselves if Al-Jazeera is a legitimate news broadcaster or a terrorist mouthpiece, this book is highly recommended. It's comprehensive, clearly written and is quite enlightening.
— Midwest Book Review
Delves thoughtfully and critically into all of the major queries—and accusations—that have been posed with respect to the station.
— Foreign Service Journal
Entertaining and accessible.
— Library Journal
Lively, with a telling eye for detail, due in large part to the insider access the authors seem to enjoy.
— Cincinnati Inquirer
Required reading for Bush's entire Cabinet, anyone with a serious interest in the Arab world and all those who've complained that Al-Jazeera's coverage is skewed toward Osama bin Laden, Palestinian suicide bombers and other favored subjects.
— San Francisco Chronicle
Provides timely and much-needed background on Al-Jazeera.
— The Village Voice
An important new book.
— Philadelphia Inquirer
This book is a great leap forward toward understanding the impact of a major opinion-maker on the world scene.
— Publishers Weekly
Provides an unbiased account of the network's history and how it is viewed in both hemispheres.
— The National Journal
Indispensable for those who want to understand how news is made in the Middle East.
Even-handed in its praise and criticism of the network.
— The Washington Post
A timely book, which places the emergence of the satellite channel into proper perspective in a lucid and lively style.
— Islam Online
Virtually anyone interested in international communications, especially those interested in the Arab world, can benefit from reading this book.
— Transnational Broadcasting Studies Journal
Tells of the reassuringly controversial place the news outlet occupies in the Arab world.
— The New Yorker
While this book is not intended to provide a scholarly analysis of what drives Al-Jazeera TV, it succeeds in providing a rich and complex description of its content, style, and impact, that's especially helpful in correcting the one-dimensional public discussion of the Arab media broadly, and of Al-Jazeera specifically.
— Shibley Telhami , Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
A fair and engrossing look at the freest and most controversial television news channel in the Arab world. Does it broadcast solid journalism or terrorist propaganda? This book will help you decide.
— Richard W. Bulliet , Professor of History, Columbia University
An important book chronicling the rise to global media prominence of the Qatar-based satellite station. In Afghanistan, Al-Jazeera was the eyes and ears for much of the world.
— David Barsamian, Alternative Radio and the author of The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting
This book helped to transform my U.S. Media and Politics course, by embedding it firmly in a global context. Through its comparison of Al-Jazeera with CNN and the BBC, students came to see the similar techniques and approaches in coverage. Its details of Al-Jazeera's ownership sparked sound analysis of transnational ownership of other media outlets and the affect on news coverage. Most importantly, its concept of contextual objectivity opened students' minds to the starting assumptions and context of objective U.S. news more completely than any assignment I've used. Not incidentally, the background it provides about the Arab world and growing pan-Arab identity served as a timely bonus for Americans who need to know more about this important region of the world. Highly recommended as a fun and informative addition to any media and politics course.
— Georgia Duerst-Lahti, Professor of Political Science, Department Chair, Beloit College
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