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From the Publisher"Snow, Taylor and a distinguished group of scholars have produced the definitive sourcebook on one of the most important subjects of our time. This collection offers a highly readable and comprehensive look at how the U.S. has veered off course in the battle for the hearts and minds of much of the world. This is a must read for students and scholars, and should be placed in the hands of the policymakers who inherit the challenge of restoring the public image and credibility of this wayward superpower."
—Lance Bennett, Professor of Political Science & Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication, Director, Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, University of Washington
"Since 9/11 public diplomacy has emerged as a critical, but little understood, component of foreign policy. This Handbook explains what it is, what it isn’t, who does it well, and who doesn’t. In short, it is essential to understanding how countries present themselves to the world."
—Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider, PhD, Distinguished Fellow in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, Senior Non Resident Fellow, Brookings Institution
"Snow and Taylor's Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy offers valuable and timely advice about China as it struggles to tell its story of Tibet and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The editors take a global perspective to address the public diplomacy issue in a well-admired effort to build a global dialogue between the East and the West."
—Li Xiguang, Dean, International Center for Communication Studies, Tsinghua University
Vice-Chairman, Journalism Education Committee of Chinese Ministry of Education
"A nation's success in global politics of the 21st century will depend in large part on the management of national image and reputation. Soft power has become a necessary rather than optional complement to hard power. With its breadth and depth of analysis, the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy is required reading for those who care about how countries can use the tools of communication to create a competitive advantage in the Information Age."
—Evan H. Potter, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa