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Author Urban, G. R. (George R.), 1921-

Title Radio Free Europe and the pursuit of democracy : my war within the cold war / George R. Urban.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 322 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-313) and index.
Summary A leading expert on East and Central European and Soviet affairs, George R. Urban offers an insider's perspective on the history of Radio Free Europe by drawing on his service during the 1960s and his term as overall director in the 1980s. In vivid detail, Urban describes how the Radios promoted the cause of liberal democracy and the free market economy for more than four decades and stood up against the Soviet system, with its clandestine offshoots and fifth columns in all the countries of the West. Urban contends that a second opponent was less visible but more powerful: influential members of the American and West European Left who believed that the Soviet superpower should not be thwarted.
The author explores the often controversial strategies and tactics employed by the staff and administrators of the Radios, sheds light on their role in the tragic 1956 Hungarian Revolution, examines the ideas and convictions of key figures, and reveals how communism was intellectually unmasked in a psychological contest that also made possible reconciliation between nations and individuals.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Radio Free Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Radio in propaganda -- History -- 20th century.
International broadcasting -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- History.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780300149029 (electronic bk.)
0300149026 (electronic bk.)