The history of radio broadcasting is traced from its earliest origins, through its role as a subversive tool in World War II to the cold war era, and finally to its
present day use as an instrument of foreign policy used by over 160 countries. The effects on the cold war, in which propoganda broadcasting was the ultimate weapon, contributing in no small measure to the collapse of communism in the USSR, are analysed. The roles of Voice of America, the BBC World Service and others come under scrutiny, and the concluding chapters report on the explosive growth in international broadcasting now taking place in the aftermath of recent political events. The book is supplemented with up-to-date technical data and statistics on major expansions now under way or being planned in many countries, particularly the USA and the Arab states, some of the latter having a broadcasting capacity that dwarfs most western countries. The appeal of the book is by no means restricted to scientists and engineers and many will find much to stir their memories of international radio broadcasts
in wartime and peacetime alike.
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James Wood, CEng FIEE, is a consulting engineer, analyst and journalist specializing in the international broadcasting industry. The author of more than 280 articles, technical papers and books, he has contributed to all the major broadcast magazines and journals in the United States, Europe and Asia. Former Transmission Correspondent for 'International Broadcasting', he is a regular contributor to 'Radio World International Edition'. He brings to this field a lifetime of experience, making him a uniquely qualified author for this subject.
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