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The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2000
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Many intellectuals were still drawn to Stalin's Russia. Saunders superbly traces the crisis of conscience that McCarthyism and its associated book-burning caused, and the subsequent rise of more moderate ideals. This exhaustive account, despite neglecting some important side issues, is an essential book. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk
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It's always tricky in a book about the Cold War to adopt a correct distance from the material. In this case, I believe Saunders succeeds admirably given the politically charged subject matter.Read more ›
Frances Stonor Saunders, an independent film producer and writer for the New Statesman, has now produced an authoritative modern history of the CIA and the Congress, as well as related organizations, focusing both on the global political dimen. She focuses on the global politics, but also on the individuals involved on all sides, the many prominent writers and intellectuals in the organizations, and what it looked like from the CIA's perspective, for which she makes use of newly declassified documents. She shows convincingly that the "non-Communist Left" was by and large bribed or cajoled by the CIA, in so far as they didn't enthousiastically volunteer, into joining their propaganda front. She also shows that later denials by people such as Stephen Spender and Melvin Lasky of their knowledge of CIA involvement is extremely unrealistic and most likely just another lie.Read more ›
He also suggests that the question about why Conor Cruise O'Brien criticized Camus is a "bigger picture." What a mind-bogglingly stupid statement!
The point of this book is that after WWII, Western Europe was in danger of falling under the sway of the Soviet Union. Capitalism had been blamed for not only the worldwide depression, but both world wars, and socialism was seen by many as a more respectable alternative. As well, Russia had a respectable cultural heritage, while Americans were seen as gum-chewing cowboys. So keeping Western Europe in the free world was a huge task. If Ehrmann thinks a tiff between O'Brien and Camus is a bigger picture than this...well, words to describe the utter silliness of that escape me.
Of course the most important--and famous--policy towards that goal was the Marshall Plan. Keep Europeans from starving after the war, and rebuild their economies, and voila, they're on our side. But there was a cultural war as well, and this is Saunders' focus. The CIA of the time was an intriguing good old boy's club, very much in the manner of the British intelligence service at the time, filled with highly educated, cultured, and well-bred folks (read John Le Carre's novels and you'll get a sense of the type). These people understood that cultural issues were important--as blue-blood Yankees they had been raised with a sense of noblesse oblige, and many of them came from families that had created the great art museums for the very purpose of bringing culture to the masses.Read more ›
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Wow, this will change your views on things regarding culture and popular culture. In a lot of way the post WWII art, music and literary culture was a creation of the CIA. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eric Otto
Too many references to events and people make it suitable more for students of history/political sciences.Published 17 months ago by Atefeh Oliai
There might be a few questions related to this book as in why was it present as it was and whom do authors like these represent within the modern police state but generally it is a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andrew Stergiou
Fascinating. The chapter on abstract expressionism should be required reading.Published on July 10, 2014 by Graydon Parrish
Very detailed and thoroughly researched into the post WWII history of the CIA and its efforts to rebut the Soviet propaganda using the CIA's own form of propaganda disguised as... Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by James D. Vogt
Should be a must read for all students. Saunders has eloquently and meticulously unveiled the shadowy world behind the scenes.Published on December 1, 2013 by paul
The book was very well researched, I learned a lot about the actors in the cultural Cole War; however, where the author blames people like Koestler, Orwell, Josselson, Lasky etc. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Peter R.
The book was a boring read and I am a avid reader of history.I do not recommend this book maybe it was mePublished on October 8, 2013 by L. oliver
One of the first books on this subject published in the 1970s, printed first in England under a different title, documenting Congressional initiated and funded C.I.A. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Priscilla Ciccariello