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What really happened in Nicaragua? Robert Leiken analyzes the shocking misreporting of American journalists and their failure to understand why the Sandinistas lost in 1990. Written with verve and calm, his account will open your eyes to a parade of media stereotypes. Though not an angry book, it will make a reasonable person angry. (Harvey C. Mansfield, professor of government, Harvard University)
Robert Leiken has been seeking and telling the truth about events in Nicaragua for more than 20 years. Not everyone else has done so. Here is his report on what he has learned, and what everyone interested in Nicaragua should know. (Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report, and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics)
Provides intriguing answers to these questions and for the first time tests media coverage of a major foreign policy crisis against an independent analysis of the events covered. Beautifully written, Why Nicaragua Vanished is perfect for all interested in the media, foreign policy, Latin America, or U.S. intellectual life. (Sir Read Alot Book Review)
The book is highly detailed, and often persuasive. (Columbia Journalism Review)
Robert Leiken has produced a masterpiece of serious scholarship, sound reasoning, and lucid writing. His detailed examination of media bias should have a profound impact on the way Americans view news coverage of foreign policy, and, one hopes, on the way journalists view themselves. (Robert Kagan, author of A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977?1990)
Robert S. Leiken is the director of the Immigration and National Security Program at the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.