REVIEW: Riveting National Press Club tales of espionage

  • Stephen Ellmers UNITEC NZ
Keywords: espionage, press clubs, propaganda, reviews


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. 


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Author Biography

Stephen Ellmers, UNITEC NZ

Steve Ellmers is fascinated by conflict reporting and how military affairs are framed. He is a former Part-time Lecturer and Tutorial Assistant at UNITEC's Department of Communication Studies.

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How to Cite
Ellmers, S. (2019). REVIEW: Riveting National Press Club tales of espionage. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 25(1&2), 295-296.