The Arrogance of American Power

The Arrogance of American Power : What U.S. Leaders Are Doing Wrong and Why It's Our Duty to Dissent

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Nancy Snow's provocative book tackles the government's manipulation of the term 'anti-American' and other propaganda techniques, connecting them to the attempts of U.S. administrations and media_past and present_to project a better U.S. image rather than address the issues behind why the country's image is so poor. If America cares what others think, Snow argues, it needs to get over itself as the 'number-one country.' The government needs to spend less time diverting public attention and more time enlisting citizens to help improve foreign relations. And the public needs to exercise its democratic right to dissent, rather than letting the government or the media halt foreign policy debates with labels, propaganda, and arrogant rhetoric.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 141 x 219 x 20mm | 336g
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0742553744
  • 9780742553743

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1 Living in the Number One Country Chapter 2 2 Perception is Reality in Marketing the Number One Chapter 3 3 American Propaganda and the Press Chapter 4 4 Information Wars Chapter 5 5 Image Wars Chapter 6 6 Public Diplomacy and America the Beautiful
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An excellent primer and a top pick for any debate on foreign relations policy past or present. * Midwest Book Review * Nancy Snow writes with eloquence, passion, and crystal-clear prose. In this book she brings these qualities to the most important issue before our nation today: Why has the United States alienated people all over the world, and how can its citizens bring democracy alive to change national policy? -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States and professor emeritus of Political Science, Boston University
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About Nancy Snow

Nancy Snow, an expert on American persuasion and propaganda, has appeared on CNN, ABC News, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, BBC, and CBC. Formerly with the United States Information Agency and the State Department, Snow is associate professor of communications at California State University, Fullerton, and adjunct professor in the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. She also serves as senior research fellow in the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. For more information about Dr. Snow, please visit her website at
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