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War of the black heavens : the battles of Western broadcasting in the Cold War

Author: Michael Nelson
Publisher: [Syracuse, N.Y.] : Syracuse University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Based on first-hand interviews and documents from the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party, Michael Nelson shows that Western radio - principally, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and the Voice of America - were unrivaled forces in the fight against communism and the fall of the Iron Curtain. The Communists did everything in their power to prevent the infiltration of  Read more...
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Nelson, Michael, 1929 April 30-
War of the black heavens.
[Syracuse, N.Y.] : Syracuse University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)651840997
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Nelson
ISBN: 0815604793 9780815604792
OCLC Number: 36824709
Description: xx, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Lech Walesa --
1. Prologue --
2. The Start of the Cold War (1945-1947) --
3. The Beginning of the Age of Jamming (1947-1950) --
4. Starting RFE and RL (1950-1953) --
5. Uprisings (1953-1956) --
6. The Beginnings of Detente (1956-1963) --
7. Other Major Broadcasters --
8. Clearer Airwaves (1963-1968) --
9. Czechoslovak Invasion and After (1968-1979) --
10. Solidarity (1979-1989) --
11. Revolutions (1989) --
12. Epilogue: Gorbachev Listens to the Voices.
Responsibility: Michael Nelson ; with a foreword by Lech Wałęsa.
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Based on first-hand interviews and documents from the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party, Michael Nelson shows that Western radio - principally, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and the Voice of America - were unrivaled forces in the fight against communism and the fall of the Iron Curtain. The Communists did everything in their power to prevent the infiltration of Western thought into their world, resorting to jamming radio signals, assassinating staff, and bombing stations. These radio programs introduced a forbidden, exciting culture to millions of eager listeners. Pop music, talk shows, news, and information about consumer goods all relayed a message of the good life, subtly undermining the values of the communist regimes. Western radio actively connected listeners with the cultures of Europe and North America.

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