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Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech, and Opinion Control Since 9/11 1st Edition

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About the Author

NANCY SNOW is an Associate Professor in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Since 9/11, Snow has become a frequent media commentator and public speaker on American foreign policy, influence, persuasion, propaganda, and the root causes of anti-Americanism. She received her Ph.D. in international relations from the School of International Service at The American University in Washington, D.C. From 1992 to 1994, she worked as a cultural affairs specialist and Fulbright program desk officer at the United States Information Agency and as intergovernmental liaison in the Bureau of Refugee Programs, U.S. State Department. She was a Fulbright scholar to Germany and a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Snow is also the author of many published articles in professional and mainstream publications including the Los Angeles Times and Newsday.

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Product Details

  • Series: Open Media Series
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories; 1st edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583225579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583225578
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,807,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Nancy Snow (Ph.D., International Relations) is a public diplomacy and propaganda studies expert who specializes in place image and reputation in the world. Snow is Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where she will begin teaching in 2016.

From 2013-2015 Snow was an Abe Fellow and Visiting Professor at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, where she completed research for a forthcoming book, "Awkward Embrace," about Japan's struggles to go global. She is Professor Emeritus of Communications at California State University, Fullerton and Adjunct Professor in the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. She has been a visiting professor at the IDC-Herzliya (Israel), UiTM (Malaysia); Syracuse University; Tsinghua University (China); and UCLA. In 2012 Snow was a Fulbright professor at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Nancy Snow received her doctorate in international relations from the School of International Service, American University in Washington, D.C. Her specializations include international/intercultural communication, U.S. foreign and cultural policy, and peace and conflict resolution studies. She worked as a cultural affairs and educational exchange specialist at the U.S. Information Agency and refugee and migration specialist at the U.S. State Department. She also studied in the Federal Republic of Germany as a Fulbright scholar and taught American Foreign Policy and American Culture as a Fulbright professor in Japan.

Snow has published ten books, two forthcoming, including several that have been published in multiple languages. Her personal website is

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on February 28, 2004
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"Information War" by Nancy Snow is a brilliant and biting critique of the Bush administration's use of propaganda to promote its war on terror. Throughout, Dr. Snow's subject matter expertise fuses perfectly with her sense of moral clarity to produce a work that is remarkably informative, incisive and persuasive.
Dr. Snow has worked in academia for over ten years. She is an in-demand lecturer and commentator and has written other books and numerous papers. Importantly, Dr. Snow has served in the USIA, a propaganda agency within the U.S. government, providing the author with inside knowledge about how the U.S. propaganda machine works. Through her education and life experiences, Dr. Snow appears to be on her way to becoming a noteworthy and influential critic who, in my view, might be compared with the likes of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn.
The foreward is by star investigative journalist Greg Palast, who explains that propaganda is necessary to achieve thought control in a democratic society. Mr. Palast states that today's crop of U.S. spin masters are most interested in projecting American military and commercial power in pursuit of corporate objectives. Mr. Palast writes that the image of "armed and dangerous refugees from corporate boards" who have gained control of America presents a frightening picture to everyone concerned about the consequences of unrestrained and corrupt power.
Dr. Snow beings by arguing that the increasing concentration of media ownership stifles dissent and allows the powerful to define the public interest. The author documents the close ties between intelligence agencies and the media to show how the Pentagon increasingly defines what gets reported.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Webb on February 4, 2005
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"Information War" illuminates the Bush administration's control of information in the post-9/11 era. Though it has been over three years since that event, the propaganda machine is still in full swing. Snow highlights the attack on people's intelligence via scare tactics, the vilification of anyone who disagrees with Bush policies, and the unqualified folks put in charge of selling America and its policies to the world.

There is also a history of propaganda to show how a pacifist United States was drummed into a warmongering and blood-thirsty country during World War I. In other words, what Bush and his cronies do isn't new, it's part of a grand American tradition. Empires need propaganda to keep free thought at bay. Just look at Nazi Germany. Snow does.

The comparison is frightening. So, what do we do when the ad manager for Uncle Ben's rice tries to sell America to Arab countries? And what do we do when even the mainstream media is pressured to censor itself? We cannot trust the mainstream anymore (if we ever could), especially when it is so conservatively skewed. Nancy Snow provides the clarion call for all with a mind to speak up.

At this time, perhaps more than ever since this is a nuclear age, it is important to have research out there that tells it like it is about the policies of this country. Information control is not a good thing, especially for the so-called leader of the free world. The truth must be hard to take, but considering the non-stop lies of the Bush administration, Snow knows it will be difficult to understand. Give "Information War" a spin with an open mind, and find yourself edified.

Then take some action.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dagmar on May 4, 2004
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I recommend the book to everyone who in any way wants to understand the times we are living it. "Information War" gives a great insight into the ways information is dealt today. If there is one thing missing in today's culture it is the ability to see through the quantity of media and information. And this book really cuts through the jungle. In the end it even offers an alternative. Very empowering, well written and full of dry humor in the observations about media and politics in the 21st century USA.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 10, 2004
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Information War: American Propaganda, Free Speech, And Opinion Control Since 9-11 is a candid and disturbing look at how government and media have used spin control and propaganda to shape popular opinion and guide the nation toward a specific political agenda regardless of dissent since the September 11th attacks. Identifying common propaganda techniques such as card-stacking (selectively quoting facts in order to build a case against an opponent that ignores the whole truth of situations the facts refer to), labelling, bandwagon appeal (building support for an idea by perpetuating the sentiment that "everybody" is in favor of it) and much more, it goes on to spot these techniques used in recent quotes from individuals and spokespeople in the turbulent and often militaristic speeches since the attacks. A caustic, keen-eyed, and highly recommended "must-read" for anyone seeking to understand what is really going on underneath recent American rhetoric.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Ford on March 13, 2004
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...with this timely and useful tome. Though small in size, it's Brobdingnagian in its depth. Professor Snow provides an excellent overview of today's proaganda and how it works. The writing is clear and accessible without being either 'dumbed down' or scholastic to the point of being windy. We're getting drowned daily in information; sorting through it all to get what we need to make informed decisions is not getting easier. Information War is a great asset to solving this.
John Ford, Public Affairs Producer/Host, KAOS-fm, Olympia WA
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