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The Toppling: How the Media Created the Iconic Fall of Saddam’s Statue

Peter Maass, in collaboration with ProPublica and The New Yorker, reveals the exact story behind the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square in Baghdad on April 9, 2003. His story shows how the American media exaggerated the importance and context of the toppling, conveying an erroneous sense of victory in a war that was just beginning. For more, read the main story: The Toppling.

 

Read the main story: The Toppling