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Through a Screen Darkly
Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad

Martha Bayles

What does the world admire most about America? Science, technology, higher education, consumer goods—but not, it seems, freedom and democracy. Indeed, these ideals are in global retreat, for reasons ranging from ill-conceived foreign policy to the financial crisis and the sophisticated propaganda of modern authoritarians. Another reason, explored for the first time in this pathbreaking book, is the distorted picture of freedom and democracy found in America's cultural exports.

In interviews with thoughtful observers in eleven countries, Martha Bayles heard many objections to the violence and vulgarity pervading today's popular culture. But she also heard a deeper complaint: namely, that America no longer shares the best of itse...


2014   336 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300123388  $30.00

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Leonard Bernstein
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Music with Words
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