• Book Reviews,  Bruce Gregory's List,  Public Diplomacy

    Public Diplomacy: Books, Articles, Websites #48

    Courtesy of Bruce Gregory, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University. November 16, 2009 Intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, here is an update on resources that may be of general interest.  Suggestions for future updates are welcome. Bruce Gregory Adjunct Professor George Washington University (202) 994-6350 BGregory@gwu.edu

  • Book Reviews

    Interested in writing a review for a book on public diplomacy?

    Routledge is seeking reviewers for a public diplomacy edited by Phil Taylor and Nancy Snow. The Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy provides a comprehensive overview of public diplomacy and national image and perception management, from the efforts to foster pro-West sentiment during the Cold War to the post-9/11 campaign to "win the hearts and minds" of the Muslim world. Editors Nancy Snow and Philip Taylor present materials on public diplomacy trends in public opinion and cultural diplomacy as well as topical policy issues. The latest research in public relations, credibility, soft power, advertising, and marketing is included and institutional processes and players are identified and analyzed. While the field is…

  • Book Reviews,  Development,  Psychological Struggle

    Books on persuasion

    Below are four books on persuasion you may not have considered. I recommend them all. Political Warfare Against the Kremlin: US and British Propaganda Policy at the Beginning of the Cold War by Lowell Schwartz. Strongly recommended if you’re interested in a relevant past ideological struggle. We cannot afford to ignore our past, especially when they had such a better grip on the requirements than we seem to have today. In Search of a Usable Past: The Marshall Plan and Postwar Reconstruction Today by Barry Machado. Reading about the “psychological by-products” of post-conflict reconstruction is something many would be wise to do today. Propaganda by Edward Bernays. Originally published in…

  • Book Reviews

    Recommended Reading: Kilcullen Doctrine

    The Kilcullen Doctrine by Mark Safranski, ZenPundit.com, May 28, 2009 Tribal and even “civilized” rural people, often find ways of making social status distinctions that relate to behaviour and character rather than or in addition to the mere accumulation of material possessions (Col. Pat Lang has a great paper on this subject, “How to Work with Tribesmen“). We can shorthand them as “honor” cultures and they provide a different set of motivations and reactions than, say, those possessed by a CPA in San Francisco or an attorney in Washington, DC. People with “honor” are more obviously “territorial” and quick to defend against perceived slights or intrusions by unwelcome outsiders. This…

  • Book Reviews,  Public Diplomacy

    Company’s ‘ATM For Books’ Prints On Demand

    On National Public Radio this morning, Company’s ‘ATM For Books’ Prints On Demand by Rob Gifford: "Our technology now makes it possible for the printed page to move as rapidly as the electronic page," he says. "The printed book still remains overwhelmingly the dominant way books are read. I mean, I think the last statistic I saw worldwide, the electronic book is still less than a half percent. I think it will grow, but I still think the printed book will be the dominant way people consume literature." I can think of another application.

  • Book Reviews,  Bruce Gregory's List,  Public Diplomacy

    Public Diplomacy: Books, Articles, Websites #45

    Courtesy of Bruce Gregory, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University: May 20, 2009 Intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, here is an update on resources that may be of general interest.  Suggestions for future updates are welcome.  Bruce Gregory Adjunct Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs George Washington University

  • Book Reviews,  Bruce Gregory's List,  Public Diplomacy

    Public Diplomacy: Books, Articles, Websites #44

    Below the fold is the latest list of books, articles, and websites on public diplomacy from Bruce Gregory, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University. Intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, here is an update on resources that may be of general interest.  Suggestions for future updates are welcome.