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Hope & folly : the United States and Unesco, 1945-1985

Author: William Preston; Edward S Herman; Herbert I Schiller; Institute for Media Analysis.
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1989.
Series: Media & society, 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Created in a burst of idealism after World War II, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) existed for forty years in a state of troubled yet oftern successful collaboration with one of its founders and benefactors, the United States. In 1980, UNESCO adopted the report of a commission that surveyed and criticized the dominance, in world media, of the United States, Japan, and a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Preston; Edward S Herman; Herbert I Schiller; Institute for Media Analysis.
ISBN: 0816617880 9780816617883 0816617899 9780816617890
OCLC Number: 19722804
Description: xxv, 367 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface / by Seán MacBride --
Introduction / by Ellen Ray and William H. Schaap --
The history of U.S.-UNESCO relations / by William Preston, Jr. --
U.S. mass media coverage of the U.S. withdrawl from UNESCO / by Edward S. Herman --
Is there a United States information policy? / by Herbert I. Schiller --
Appendixes: Constituion of UNESCO --
The directors-general of UNESCO --
Anatomy of a smear: Ed Bradley and "60 Minutes" on UNESCO / by Edward S. Herman --
Speech of E. Gough Whitlam, April 13, 1985 --
Interviews conducted by William Preston, Jr.
Series Title: Media & society, 3.
Other Titles: Hope and folly
Responsibility: William Preston, Jr., Edward S. Herman, and Herbert I. Schiller ; preface by Seán MacBride ; introduction by Ellen Ray and William H. Schaap ; manuscript produced by the Institute for Media Analysis, Inc., New York, New York.

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Based on detailed research, this book defends UNESCO and chronicles the history of the organization and the Reagan administration's alleged disinformation campaign against it.  Read more...

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