Scope: James Wood outlines the origin and growth of information (propaganda) broadcasting by radio -- which came to prominence in World War II and the Cold War -- and chronicles the technological and engineering achievements that enable long-range broadcasting. These are set within the context of the social and political environment of the day, for which reason the book appeals very widely; many will find much to stir personal memories of international radio broadcasts in wartime and peacetime alike.
Widely reviewed (by The Guardian, New Scientist and Choice amongst others) and enthusiastically received, the book has been reprinted and is available in paperback.
All with an interest in radio, communications and broadcasting.
Birth of a medium - from entertainment and commercial to propaganda broadcasting; A weapon of war - British W.W.II propaganda, Nazi broadcasting, US wartime broadcasting, Japanese broadcasting in the Pacific, the Cold War, the Voice of America; Radio as an instrument of foreign policy - high power transmission, jamming, the BBC World Service, CIA, the collapse of communism, the Arab world, religious broadcasting, future of international AM broadcasting.