Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty / Edition 1

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" Among America's most unusual and successful weapons during the Cold War were Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. RFE-RL had its origins in a post-war America brimming with confidence and secure in its power. Unlike the Voice of America, which conveyed a distinctly American perspective on global events, RFE-RL served as surrogate home radio services and a vital alternative to the controlled, party-dominated domestic press in Eastern Europe. Over twenty stations featured programming tailored to individual countries. They reached millions of listeners ranging from industrial workers to dissident leaders such as Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel. Broadcasting Freedom draws on rare archival material and offers a penetrating insider 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. Broadcasting Freedom is also a portrait of the Cold War in America. Puddington offers insights into the strategic thinking of the RFE-RL leadership and those in the highest circles of American government, including CIA directors, secretaries of state, and even presidents.

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Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
A compelling chronicle of one crucial battlefront in the Cold War…The best record we are likely to have for some time to come.
American Spectator Readers
A groundbreaking history of RFE-RL that is both erudite and a delight to read.
The Washington Times
Anyone wanting a complete picture of how the Cold War was waged and how it came to an end will have to read it.
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""Useful to anyone interested in the minutiae of American foreign policy in Eastern Europe after World War II." --Washington Post Book World" --

""Anyone wanting a complete picture of how the Cold War was waged and how it came to an end will have to read it." --Washington Times" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813121581
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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