Mission Al Jazeera: Book summary and reviews of Mission Al Jazeera by Josh Rushing

Mission Al Jazeera

Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World

by Josh Rushing

Mission Al Jazeera by Josh Rushing

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Blending his riveting personal story with innovative ideas about how to win the war on terror, former marine turned Al Jazeera reporter Josh Rushing addresses all the issues he was not allowed to talk about when he was in uniform. If we are to win the war on terror, Rushing explains, we have to interact with the media at home and abroad in order to control the way we are perceived. By refusing to appear on Al Jazeera, Western leaders allow people who disagree with the current administration to represent the West to the Arab world in a skewed, negative way. By taking readers inside Al Jazeera, Rushing offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the controversial news channel and shows how the West can harness it to its advantage, relay a positive message to the Arab public, and hear what it has to say in return.

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"A useful, informative effort to offer a different perspective on the cultural divide between Americans and Arabs."--Jay Freeman, Booklist" - Booklist.

"Rushing and as-told-to partner Elder turn in an earnest but often plodding narrative, but this story tells itself: Rushing is still trying to explain America to the Arab world and vice versa, and his vignettes clearly reveal what a tough job that is. A long list of people won't like this book, from George Bush to Gary Busey. Gary Busey? Yes - and that's just one instance of culture clash. " - Kirkus.

"A bracingly candid account of his [Rushing's] growing disillusionment with the war on terror." - New York Observer.

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