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First Drafts of Korea

The U.S. Media and Perceptions of the Last Cold War Frontier

Edited by Donald Macintyre, Daniel C. Sneider, and Gi-Wook Shin

First Drafts of Korea examines how the American mass media shapes U.S.perceptions of Korea and, thereby, U.S. foreign policy. Beginning with a detailed analysis of American newspapers’ coverage of Korea between 1992 and 2003, the book features essays from Western journalists and senior U.S. officials with firsthand experience in Korea over the past two decades.

From the democratization of South Korea in the 1980s to the current North Korean nuclear crises, these distinguished contributors offer unique insight into American media coverage of Korea and its impact on policymaking. A complex, shifting portrait emerges, as befits a nation that is itself evolving and growing in global stature.

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