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Author Reisch, Alfred A. (Alfred Alexander), 1931-2013.

Title Hot books in the Cold War : the CIA-funded secret book distribution program behind the Iron Curtain / Alfred A. Reisch
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 549 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color)
Contents 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 -- The impact of the book distribution project and its contribution to the ideological victory of the West
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 527-535) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Book distribution programs.
Books and reading -- Communist countries -- History -- 20th century.
Books and reading -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century.
Censorship -- Communist countries -- History -- 20th century.
Censorship -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War.
Propaganda, Anti-communist.
Propaganda, International.
Publishers and publishing -- Political aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 6155225354 (electronic bk.)
9786155225352 (electronic bk.)