Warriors of Disinformation: How Lies, Videotape, and the USIA Won the Cold War [NOOK Book]

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Have you ever thought about what really goes on behind the walls of the White House or the Pentagon? Particularly in times of political upheaval, it often seems that the government and the media work together to keep the voting public confused and distracted. In Warriors of Disinformation, Alvin A. Snyder, a former director of USIA’s Television and Film Service, reveals the various propaganda campaigns sent out by the United States during the Cold War, one of the most strained, ...
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Warriors of Disinformation: How Lies, Videotape, and the USIA Won the Cold War

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Overview

Have you ever thought about what really goes on behind the walls of the White House or the Pentagon? Particularly in times of political upheaval, it often seems that the government and the media work together to keep the voting public confused and distracted. In Warriors of Disinformation, Alvin A. Snyder, a former director of USIA’s Television and Film Service, reveals the various propaganda campaigns sent out by the United States during the Cold War, one of the most strained, uncertain times in American political history. 

Snyder examines the “shady” billion-dollar dealings dedicated to “an exaggerated version of the truth,” and how President Reagan deceived the Soviets with well-plotted plans of fabrication. Readers will be shocked by the lengths that our government went to in order to hide the truth, and to consistently lie to not only the Soviets, but also to the American people about what was going on in the “land of the free.” 

Warriors of Disinformation is an incredible look inside the government from someone who was on the front line. Hear stories that were never supposed to leave confidential meeting rooms and find out firsthand what went on behind closed doors. Snyder has a story to tell you, and you’d be crazy not to listen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611457797
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Alvin A. Snyder was a senior executive with CBS and NBC, special assistant to President Nixon, and a high-ranking communications official in the Ford and Reagan administrations. Snyder’s work has won him eleven Emmys, five AP awards, two International Film Festival awards, and a Grammy. He operates his own media consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and he and his wife, Anne, live in McLean, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Letting Wick Be Wick 1

2 Toward a Public Diplomacy 12

3 Cranking Up the Volume 31

4 The Five-Minute Tape Gap 43

5 Casting Wide the Worldnet 73

6 Brilliant Pebbles, Ethnic Guns, and Baby Parts 93

7 Antenna Towers and Asparagus Stalks 126

8 That's Entertainment! 143

9 The Faustian Bargain 355

10 Clearing the Voice 164

11 VOA Follies 186

12 The Mujahideen Go to School 203

13 The Caudillo of Miami 220

14 "I'm Not a Pantywaist!" 243

15 Adventures in the Nanny Trade 251

16 Caught in the Smith-Mundt Act 261

17 Public Diplomacy Goes Private 267

Epilogue 275

Notes 277

Appendices 303

Index 309

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