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Books in brief: The Other Air Force

If Middle Eastern countries can accept free-market “soft power” ideas, they may become more amenable to the American way of doing things

The Other Air Force by Matt Sienkiewicz (Rutgers University Press, £22.93)other-air-force

“America is not a subtle nation,” says Matt Sienkiewicz in the opening line of this powerful and illuminating work (perhaps an acute judgement given the election result.) Especially so, he adds with admirable understatement, “in the worlds of media production and Middle East policy.”

The book looks at the attempt of US media policy to support Washington’s goals in the Middle East. He is unsparing in his criticism of its more tone-deaf attempts, notably setting up the clandestine Free Voice of…

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