The Cold War Guerrilla: Jonas Savimbi, the U. S. Media, and the Angolan War


This is first book on U.S. policy in Angola during the 1980s. It shows how the Reagan administration led the U.S. media to inflate the importance of Jonas Savimbi as a "freedom fighter" and to intensify the civil war in Angola. This well-researched and moving case study shows how the Reagan administration adopted Savimbi as an ally in the crusade against Third World governments supported by the Soviet Union and how the mainstream media followed the administration's agenda and right-wing views about the civil war in Angola. This text provides insights about how the U.S. media covers African and Third World issues in the 1990s during the Bush administration as well.


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