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Alterman, Eric

Overview
Works: 48 works in 171 publications in 4 languages and 10,905 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Debates  Biography  Television debates  Historical films  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Performer
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Most widely held works by Eric Alterman
What liberal media? : the truth about bias and the news by Eric Alterman( Book )

29 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refuting the claim that mainstream media has a liberal slant, the author exposes the fallacy of a left-wing conspiracy, arguing that it is corporate news structure that determines what the public sees and hears in broadcast or print media
When presidents lie : a history of official deception and its consequences by Eric Alterman( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a "historical examination of four specific post-World War II presidential lies whose consequences were greater than could ever have been predicted"--Publisher description
The book on Bush : how George W. Bush (mis)leads America by Eric Alterman( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Book on Bush is the first comprehensive critique of a president who is governing on a right wing and a prayer. In carefully documented detail, Eric Alterman and Mark Green, two of the leading progressive authors/advocates in the country, not only trace the guiding ideology that runs through a wide range of W's policies but also expose a presidential decision-making process that, rather than weighing facts to arrive at conclusions, begins with conclusions and then searches for supporting facts." "While other commentators and authors have plumbed a particular policy (or policies) or chronicled his provable deceptions, Alterman and Green connect the dots of what's behind all the policies and prevarications. The Book on Bush reveals a president who, while determinedly uninformed, uncurious, and unyielding, is messianic in pursuing the goals of his three leading constituencies: the religious right, big business, and neoconservatives. With few exceptions, the interests of these groups have been served so effectively that the result for America is nothing less than the attempted rolling back of the progressive gains of the past century."--Jacket
The cause : the fight for American liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama by Eric Alterman( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of American liberalism since the Great Depression traces the pivotal roles of leading contributors, describing how their ambitions, flaws, and successes have shaped the nation's government, media, and culture
Why we're liberals : a political handbook for post-Bush America by Eric Alterman( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thanks to the machinations of the right, there is no dirtier word in American politics today than "liberal"--yet public opinion polls consistently show that the majority of Americans hold liberal views on everything from health care to foreign policy. In this feisty, accessible primer, journalist and scholar Alterman sets out to restore liberalism to its rightful honored place in our political life as the politics of America's everyday citizens. In a crisply argued though extensively documented counterattack on right-wing spin and misinformation, Alterman briskly disposes of such canards as "Liberals Hate God" and "Liberals Are Soft on Terrorism," reclaiming liberalism from the false definitions foisted upon it by the right and repeated everywhere else. This book brings clarity and perspective to what has often been a one-sided debate for nothing less than the heart and soul of America.--From publisher description
Sound and fury : the Washington punditocracy and the collapse of American politics by Eric Alterman( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What we are left with, simply, is the punditocracy: the highly visible, extremely well-paid, and seemingly omnipresent pontificators who make their living offering "inside political opinions and forecasts" in the elite national media. It is their debate, rather than any semblance of a democratic one, that determines the parameters of political discourse in the nation today
Who speaks for America? : why democracy matters in foreign policy by Eric Alterman( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and Italian and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journalist and historian Eric Alterman argues that the vast majority of Americans have virtually no voice in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. With policymakers answerable only to a small coterie of self-appointed experts, corporate lobbyists, self-interested parties, and the elite media, the U.S. foreign policy operates not as the instrument of a democracy, but of a "pseudo-democracy": a political system with the trappings of democratic checks and balances but with little of their content. This failure of American democracy is all the more troubling, Alterman charges, now that the Cold War is over and the era of global capital has replaced it. Americans' stake in so-called foreign policy issues from trade to global warming is greater than ever. Yet the current system serves to mute their voices and ignore their concerns. Alterman concludes with a series of challenging proposals for reforms designed to create a truly democratic U.S. foreign policy
Best of enemies by Gore Vidal( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other's political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult-their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born. Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today
Sound and fury : the making of the punditocracy by Eric Alterman( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What liberal media? : the truth about bias and the news by Eric Alterman( )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alterman exposes data that debunks many of the more inflammatory accusations made against the media and exposes just who controls the purse strings of the press
It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive : the promise of Bruce Springsteen by Eric Alterman( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Journalist and historian Eric Alterman examines the life and times of this remarkable artist [Bruce Springsteen] to discover how he has come to be the guide and conscience of a generation
Kabuki democracy : the system vs. Barack Obama by Eric Alterman( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alterman asks why President Obama has been unable to deliver on the promise of the 2008 campaign. He argues that while Obama's compromises have disappointed many of his supporters, his failure is primarily due to a political system that stymies democracy when voters choose progressive change
The book on Bush : how George W. (mis)leads America by Eric Alterman( Recording )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not since Richard Nixon's heyday has there been a more controversial president capable of polarizing public opinion than George W. Bush. From his arrival in office through what many still regard as one of the most flagrant miscarriages of electoral justice in modern history to the long road to Iraq, liberals have vilified Bush as ardently as neoconservatives have embraced him. Both Alterman and Green are known for their doggedness in researching the media and political figures, and what they discover in the case of Bush is a consistent pattern of double standards, misrepresentation, and contradictions. The book on Bush methodically critiques administration policy from the standpoint of its truthfulness as well as its merit, with the characteristic wit of both writers
Why we're liberals : a political handbook for post-Bush America by Eric Alterman( )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thanks to the machinations of the right, there is no dirtier word in American politics today than "liberal." Yet public-opinion polls consistently show that the majority of Americans hold liberal views on everything from health care to foreign policy. In this feisty, accessible primer, Eric Alterman sets out to restore liberalism to its rightful honored place as the politics of America's everyday citizens. In a crisply argued and extensively documented counterattack on right-wing spin and misinformation, Alterman briskly disposes of such canards as "Liberals Hate God" and "Liberals Are Soft on Terrorism," reclaiming liberalism from the false definitions foisted upon it. Why We're Liberals is the perfect book for all of those ready to fight back against the conservative mud-slinging machine and claim their voice in the political debate
Bill Moyers journal : Obama's first year/America's energy challenge( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The topic of discussion is: Was the Demoncrats" senatorial defeat in the 2010 Massachusetts special election a repudiation of Barack Obama? In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers sits down with Princeton University's Melissa Harris-Lacewell and journalist Eric Alterman to get their perspectives on the state of the nation a year into the Obama administration--and on any lessons the Democrats should take from their defeat at the polls. Then, Moyers talks with Public Agenda's Jean Johnson and Scott Bittle, coauthors of Who Turned Out the Lights? Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis, about how the U.S. can power the nation's future. An essay honoring Haiti while skewering oversimplified explanations of why that country suffers so concludes the program
The book on Bush : how George W. (mis)leads America by Eric Alterman( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush reveals how his administration has used half-truths, distortions, and other deceptions to mislead Americans, resulting in failed policies and damaged foreign relations
It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive : the promise of Bruce Springsteen by Eric Alterman( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book on Bush : how George W. Bush is (mis)leading America by Eric Alterman( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush reveals how his administration has used half-truths, distortions, and other deceptions to mislead Americans, resulting in failed policies and damaged foreign relations
Why we're liberals : a handbook for restoring America's most important ideals by Eric Alterman( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thanks to the machinations of the right, there is no dirtier word in American politics today than "liberal"--Yet public opinion polls consistently show that the majority of Americans hold liberal views on everything from health care to foreign policy. In this feisty, accessible primer, journalist and scholar Alterman sets out to restore liberalism to its rightful honored place in our political life as the politics of America's everyday citizens. In a crisply argued though extensively documented counterattack on right-wing spin and misinformation, Alterman briskly disposes of such canards as "Liberals Hate God" and "Liberals Are Soft on Terrorism," reclaiming liberalism from the false definitions foisted upon it by the right and repeated everywhere else. This book brings clarity and perspective to what has often been a one-sided debate for nothing less than the heart and soul of America.--From publisher description
Bruce Springsteen : nacido para el rock by Eric Alterman( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in Spanish and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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What liberal media? : the truth about bias and the news
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Eric Alterman Amerikaans historicus

Eric Alterman teacher, historian, journalist, author and media critic

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When presidents lie : a history of official deception and its consequencesThe book on Bush : how George W. Bush (mis)leads AmericaWhy we're liberals : a political handbook for post-Bush AmericaSound and fury : the Washington punditocracy and the collapse of American politicsWho speaks for America? : why democracy matters in foreign policySound and fury : the making of the punditocracyWhat liberal media? : the truth about bias and the newsIt ain't no sin to be glad you're alive : the promise of Bruce Springsteen