Cold War Captives: Imprisonment, Escape, and Brainwashing / Edition 1

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This provocative history of early cold war America recreates a time when headlines were dominated by stories of brainwashed prisoners in Korea, Soviet slave laborers, and courageous escapes like Oksana Kasenkina, who made a "leap for freedom" from the Soviet consulate in New York. Full of fascinating stories, it explores a central, yet mostly forgotten, dimension of American culture and politics--the postwar preoccupation with captivity. Drawing upon a rich array of declassified documents, movies, and reportage--from national security directives to films such as The Manchurian Candidate--Cold War Captives traces the ways in which east-west disputes over prisoners, repatriation, and defection shaped popular culture. Captivity became a way to understand everything from the anomie of suburban housewives to the "slave world" of drug addiction. Sixty years later, this era may seem distant. Yet, with interrogation techniques derived from America's communist enemies now being used in the "war on terror," the past remains powerfully present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520257313
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan L. Carruthers is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Newark. She is the author of The Media at War: Communication and Conflict in the Twentieth Century and Winning Hearts and Minds: British Governments, the Media, and Colonial Counter-
Insurgency 1944-1960.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction Between Camps 1

1 Upper East Side Story: Repatriation, Romance, and Cold War Mobilization 23

2 Bloc-Busters: The Politics and Pageantry of Escape from the East 59

3 Stalin's Slaves:The Rise of Gulag Consciousness 98

4 First Captive in a Hot War: The Case of Robert Vogeler 136

5 Prisoners of Pavlov: Korean War Captivity and the Brainwashing Scare 174

Epilogue: Returns and Repercussions 227

List of Abbreviations 239

Notes 241

Bibliography 307

Index 323

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