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Broadcasting freedom : the Cold War triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

Author: Arch Puddington
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2000.
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"Among America's most unusual and successful weapons during the Cold War were Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Disseminating information and stimulating political unrest behind the Iron Curtain, they played a vital role in bringing about the fall of communism.".
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arch Puddington
ISBN: 0813121582 9780813121581
OCLC Number: 43076960
Description: xix, 382 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. "It Will Be Seen Who Is Right" --
2. Crusade for Freedom --
3. "The Mills of God Grind Slowly" --
4. "We Tore a Big Hole in the Iron Curtain" --
5. Right-Wingers and Revanchists --
6. Revolution in Hungary and Crisis at Radio Free Europe --
7. Peaceful Coexistence --
8. "The Iron Curtain Was Not Soundproof" --
9. August 21, 1968 --
10. From Liberation to Liberty --
11. The Perils of Ostpolitik --
12. Senator Fulbright's Crusade --
13. Frequency Wars --
14. Bombs, Spies, Poisoned Umbrellas --
15. The Reagan Years --
16. Victory --
App. Policy Guidances.
Responsibility: Arch Puddington.
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"Among America's most unusual and successful weapons during the Cold War were Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Disseminating information and stimulating political unrest behind the Iron Curtain, they played a vital role in bringing about the fall of communism.".

"Broadcasting Freedom draws on rare archival material and offers a penetrating inside history of the radios that helped change the face of Europe. Arch Puddington reveals new information about the connections between RFE-RL and the CIA, which provided covert funding for the stations during the critical start-up years in the early 1950s.

He relates in detail the efforts of Soviet and Eastern Bloc officials to thwart the stations; their tactics ranged from jamming attempts, assassinations of radio journalists, the infiltration of spies onto the radios' staffs, and the bombing of the radios' headquarters.".

"Puddington addresses the controversies that engulfed the stations throughout the Cold War, most notably RFE broadcasts during the Hungarian Revolution that were described as inflammatory and irresponsible. He shows how RFE prevented the Communist authorities from establishing a monopoly on the dissemination of information in Poland and describes the crucial roles played by the stations as the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union broke apart."--BOOK JACKET.

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