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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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Emerson's Protégés
Mentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future
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For a Love of His People
The Photography of Horace Poolaw
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Gathering Together
The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600–1870
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The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context
American State Papers, Petitions, Proclamations, and Letters of the Delegates to the First National Congresses
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A Mere Machine
The Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy
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Originalism, Federalism, and the American Constitutional Enterprise
A Historical Inquiry
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The Citizen's Share
Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century
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Friend of the Court
On the Front Lines with the First Amendment
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The Making of the First World War
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1940
FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election amid the Storm
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A Changing Wind
Commerce and Conflict in Civil War Atlanta
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GIs and Germans
Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945–1949
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Emperor of Liberty
Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy
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Jefferson's Shadow
The Story of His Science
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Louisa Catherine
The Other Mrs. Adams
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Radiant Truths
Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief
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The Gateway Arch
A Biography
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American Zion
The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War
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Arcadian America
The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition
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The Invention of News
How the World Came to Know About Itself
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