The web site focuses on my book, "Warriors of Disinformation: American Propaganda, Soviet Lies, and the Winning of the Cold War."
For almost 8-years during Ronald Reagan's presidency, I was the Director of the United States Information Agency's worldwide Television and Film Service. Our mission was to reach international TV viewers, especially those behind the Iron Curtain in Communist Eastern Europe, to promote US government policy objectives. It was an extraordinary adventure, and I wrote this book and newspaper articles about Cold War broadcast public diplomacy while a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies, headed by the broadcast policy icon Newton N. Minow.
Commenting on the book, Time magazine's Hugh Sidey characterized those of us at the USIA's worldwide TV operation as "a band of propaganda irregulars who deserve a bit of the credit for helping to push the Soviet Empire over the edge...The war of words and ideas was fierce and it sometimes got a little zany; the guys on our side understood it and played the game with their own quirks and imagination - and had some good laughs along the way."
The USIA's Director, Charles Z. Wick, to whom I reported, was President Reagan's close friend and former neighbor from California. My TV and film operation, therefore, had the attention from the White House, right at the top. The President took personal interest in what we were doing, and pitched in himself to help make our product better.
This web site provides highlights from "Warriors," plus some of my newspaper and magazine articles about international broadcasting as we faced the Soviet "Evil Empire" eyeball-to-eyeball.
Among many reviews, Asia Week said the book was "Surprisingly entertaining but in the end leaves the reader wondering if he is not being manipulated once again." I can assure that I call it as I saw it.
U.S. Foreign Affairs in the New Information Age
By Alvin A. Snyder, Senior Fellow, Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies at Northwestern Universirty
University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy
By Alvin A. Snyder, Senior Fellow