Hot books in the Cold War : the CIA-funded secret western book distribution program behind the Iron Curtain

General Information

Reisch, Alfred A. (Alfred Alexander), 1931-2013
Budapest ; New York ; Central European University Press, 2013.
Physical Description
xxviii, 549 p. ; 24 cm.


Books and reading > Europe, Eastern > History > 20th century.
Books and reading > Communist countries > History > 20th century.
Book distribution programs.
Publishers and publishing > Political aspects.
Censorship > Europe, Eastern > History > 20th century.
Censorship > Communist countries > History > 20th century.
Propaganda, Anti-communist.
Propaganda, International.
Cold War.

Bibliographic Information

Alfred A. Reisch.
Origins, objectives, and launching of the book project under Sam Walker -- Titles, contents, numbers, targets, and aims of the mailings -- The man in the grey suit : George C. Minden and his concept of cultural and ideological competition -- The New York Book Center : books, books, and more books -- The book project reaches new heights : the golden age of the 1960s -- Western and Émigré books and periodicals published with covert support -- New opportunities through East-West contacts -- The early 1970s : the international advisory council -- A lasting enemy -- The communist regimes on the defensive : criticisms, warnings, and attacks -- The person-to-person distribution program : a direct way to reach East Europeans, the early Polish program 1958-1959 -- Another vehicle for reaching the people of eastern Europe : the person-to-person distribution program and personalized mailings -- The most important book distribution point : Vienna -- Letters from Poland, the crucial country -- Letters from Czechoslovakia before and after 1968 -- Letters from Hungary under goulash communism -- Letters from Romania under the Ceausescu regime -- Letters from Bulgaria despite very strict censorship -- The last seventeen years : International Literary Centre, Ltd., East Europe, and the USSR.


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