Drawing upon his lifelong study of politics and journalism, political historian Lee Edwards offers the first scholarly examination of a powerful new phenomenon in world politics - the mass media.
Dr. Edwards argues in his far-reaching and innovative work that the media have become as important a factor in determining the course of international affairs and the future of nations as economic prosperity, military strength, natural resources, and national will. He uses case studies from around the world to show how the mass media have influenced and even determined the outcome of major political acts.
"A revealing study of the mass media's impact on world politics. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but Mediapolitik is well worth reading." - Hal Bruno, former political director, ABC News
"Edwards is a sterling advocate for more responsibility in journalism." - Stephen Hess, The Brookings Institution
"Mediapolitik is superb - a much-needed, comprehensive study of a crucial topic. It is full of insight in its analysis and wisdom in its conclusions." - Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs