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SOFT POWER SUPERPOWERS: Cultural and National Assets of Japan and the U.S., edited by Yasushi Watanabe and David L. McConnell. New York: M.E. Sharpe. Armonk, 2008, 296 pp., $32.95 (paper)

As the Bush administration skulks ignominiously into history, its reputation in tatters and its strategies discredited, debate rages about how best the United States and its allies can project their influence and shape the world to suit their interests. For Team Obama, restoring the squandered stature of the U.S. is a key task as it tries to overcome Bush’s pathetic legacy.

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