Academic Studies of the Firdos Toppling

There are a number of interesting media studies about the toppling at Firdos Square. The best was done by a George Washington University team led by professor Sean Aday; entitled “As Goes the Statue, So Goes the War: The Emergence of the Victory Frame in Television Coverage of the Iraq War,” you can download the study by clicking here. Deborah Jaramillo, a Boston University professor, wrote a useful book, “Ugly War, Pretty Package: How CNN and Fox News Made the Invasion of Iraq High Concept,” which is available on Another useful study is “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Media Coverage of the 2003 Iraq War,” which is also available on Shahira Fahmy, at the University of Arizona, wrote “They Took It Down: Exploring Determinants of Visual Reporting in the Toppling of the Saddam Statue in National and International Newspapers,” which can be accessed here. Svetlana Boym, a professor at Harvard whom I quote in my story, writes insightfully about monuments and memories in “The Future of Nostalgia.” Last but not least, Lucia Allais is a smart Princeton scholar on the history and theory of architecture.

Author: Peter Maass

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 1983, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I went to Brussels as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal/Europe. I left the Journal in 1985 to write for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, covering NATO and the European Union. In 1987 I moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I wrote primarily for The Washington Post. After three years in Asia I moved to Budapest to cover Eastern Europe and the Balkans. I spent most of 1992 and 1993 covering the war in Bosnia for the Post.