Hot books in the Cold War : the CIA-funded secret book by Alfred Reisch

By Alfred Reisch

This examine finds the hidden tale of the key booklet distribution application to japanese Europe financed through the CIA throughout the chilly struggle. At its peak among 1957 and 1970, the booklet application used to be one of many least identified yet most efficient tools of penetrating the Iron Curtain, attaining hundreds of thousands of intellectuals and execs within the Soviet Bloc.

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4 A subsequent memorandum called for the establishment of a “Special Projects” or “Publication Section,” later named Free Europe Publication Division under the direction of FEC Vice-President Samuel S. ” For the first time, the use of printed matter rather than the spoken word was considered through the use of a monthly letter-size magazine in 250,000 copies, 3,000 words each, carried in plastic balloons to Czechoslovakia, and the mailing of 10,000 letters a month to individual addresses to be picked at random (every tenth name of each letter of the alphabet) from the telephone or population directories in Hungary and Poland.

18 Minutes of the FEC Board of Directors Executive Committee, New York, November 27, 1956, 4. HIA, RFE/RL Corporate Records, Box 2320. 19 Memorandum from George C. Minden to S. S. , November 7, 1956, courtesy of Mrs. Marilyn Minden. 04. 13:37 18 Hot Books in the Cold War materials, as well as to Hungarian exile leaders and activities in the West and other information likely to be useful in future FEC operations. FEC should take no action that was considered likely to provoke further bloodshed, RFE/Hungary should refrain from tactical advice of any kind, and no balloons should be flown into Hungary until further notice.

13:37 Origins, Objectives, and Launching of the Book Project 21 organizations which, by acting as intermediaries and “sponsors,” became an integral part of the book project. Regular mailings meant extra sales and profits, but publishers usually also gave discounts for bulk-purchasing orders, and took care of the labeling, packaging, and dispatching of books. S. 27 Throughout its existence, the mailing project aimed at the thinking elites of East Europe was not publicized in the West or in the target countries, and its operation and field staffs were so dispersed that it would not appear to be a single, coordinated operation but a series of unrelated activities.

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