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Library JournalAlthough it seldom led to shooting, the Cold War was nonetheless a hard-fought conflict that lasted over 40 years. Urban, a prolific author (e.g., Stalinism, 1986) and former editor of the British journal Encounter, has produced this memoir of his time as director of Radio Free Europe.
In tandem with Radio Liberty, Radio Free Europe sought to promote Western values and causes to East European countries that fell under Communist domination after World War II. Urban's strident anticommunism comes through on nearly every page; he considers Stalin and his successors as tangible evidence of evil in the world and conducted his work at Radio Free Europe with nearly religious fervor. He is especially bitter toward Western intellectuals whom he deemed "soft" on communism. Urban is a remarkably articulate writer whose account of the struggles with the Soviets over the air waves provides fascinating reading. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.
--Edward Goedeken, Iowa State University Library