'History is theatre': the secrets to the success of the Curtin and Roosevelt mass media strategies, 1941-45

Caryn Coatney


The article presents a case of media coverage of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, focusing on the strategies of Australian Prime Minister John Curtin and U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It examines their radio messages concerning the event and Australian press coverage. The author also comments on the U.S.-Australian World War II alliance and examines the precedent set by these leaders for political communication. Roosevelt's "fireside chat" radio talks are considered.


PEARL Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941; MASS media & war; RADIO in politics; POLITICAL communication

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