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Persuader-in-Chief: Global Opinion and Public Diplomacy in the Age of Obama Paperback – January 20, 2009

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Nimble Books; 1st edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934840815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934840818
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,008,851 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 www.nancysnow.com.

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When it comes to this subject, Nancy Snow is definitely an expert with her academic and professional experience, her passion, her enthusiasm, and her writing style. I am a grad student and share similar research interests. I believe I pretty much read everything she has written so far. Though I really cannot praise this book.

If you are interested in soft power, public opinion, new methods of communication, and how Obama is likely to change American foreign policy in these terms, this is indeed a good book. But it doesn't have the intellectual richness of Dr. Snow's other books and articles. Frankly speaking, I consider the book to be a long, well-written blog post.

I gave the book four stars because someone had to write about Obama and public diplomacy; and Dr. Snow is one of the most qualified scholars to do so.

If you heard the term public diplomacy but don't know much about it or if you want to learn about public diplomacy, get the book. It is a great resource, easy to read, and contains information about several aspects of public diplomacy. If you are familiar with the term and want to learn more, try Dr. Snow's other books.
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