Nicholas von Hoffman

is a journalist and author of several books including We are the People our Parents Warned us Against. He has written the libretto for a new opera, Nicholas and Alexandra, which opens in Los Angeles in September 2003.


In peacetime the mass media inculcate the norms and opinions that a nation wants
in its people. In wartime they become the means by which the government instructs the populace, argues van Hoffmann in this analysis of American war reporting.