British Association for American Studies


Cameron Sparkhall

Cameron Sparkhall is a PhD student in the School of Art, Media and American Studies Department at the University of East Anglia. His current thesis titled ÔA Culture of SecrecyÕ looks at how the CIA established and utilised secrecy during the Cold War. His research explores historical and cultural critiques to examine how the history of the CIA has been written and situated in relation to U.S. relations with the wider world.

Book Review: City of Newsmen: Public Lies and Professional Secrets in Cold War Washington

Kathryn McGarr describes this period as a turning point where reporters became increasingly furious with the government withholding information and started to voice their opposition in print rather than in private. McGarr makes a vital contribution to understanding the relationship and conflict between the government and the press. Her work is part of a new look at foreign affairs which argue that it is now the time for historians to investigate early Cold War journalism and not to merely characterise it when the press simply believed everything the government told them