Arguing against prevailing wisdom that the media's influenced has increase in the past decade, West cites current research and carefully selected case studies to support his controversial thesis. Covering over 200 years of American history, this brief text, with its lively case studies, will engage students at all levels.
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Darrell M. West is with the Department of Political Science at Brown University.
This book's strength lies in its unique blend of historical and political perspectives. West (political science, Brown Univ.), who has authored many books on related topics (e.g., Checkbook Democracy: How Money Corrupts Political Campaigns), details here the growth and development of the media in the United States during the period between 1789 and 2000. Divided into five historical periods of media development (partisan media, commercial media, objective media, interpretive media, and fragmented media), the book is slim in size but surprisingly wide-ranging. West gives a thorough, succinct overview of the topic by providing extensive references and meticulous documentation. In the early chapters, he primarily discusses political relationships, while in the later chapters his discussion expands to include social and economic issues. The last two chapters, which explore the fragmentation of media influence and other issues still to come, are particularly well written. Highly recommended for academic libraries upper-division undergraduates and above. Angela Weiler, SUNY at Morrisville
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Book Description Cengage Learning, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M031224777X