Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty


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University Press of Kentucky
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5.76 X 8.74 X 0.95 inches | 1.26 pounds

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"A ground-breaking history of RFE-RL that is both erudite and a delight to read.... Should help rescue the radios from the 'memory hole' to which their detractors are attempting to consign them." -- American Spectator

"Puddington does as excellent job of reconstructing the enormous problems faced by the organizers of the radios.... A finely balanced and definitive history." -- Commentary

"A fine telling of a little known U.S. project that prevented the evil empire from exercising a monopoly on news and opinion." -- First Things

"Puddington remains an astute and insightful storyteller with unusually strong access to relevant people and personal archives." -- Journal of American History

"Puddington leaves little doubt that the Radios served an extremely valuable purpose." -- National Review

"Important precisely because Americans are largely unaware of the widespread use of short-wave radio abroad, not to mention the foreign radio broadcasts aimed at them." -- Orbis

"Puddington's narrative of the conduct of these two stations is candid and, so far as I can tell, fair.... Well written." -- Political Communications

"No one measure won the Cold War -- but Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty should be in the first rank of those getting the highest medals. Puddington tells the story with style and grace." -- R. James Woolsey

"Has much to offer students of international broadcasting and propaganda studies for its detailed account of RFE-RL inner workings." -- Rhetoric and Public Affairs

"Detailed and balanced." -- Strategic Review

"A thoughtful, readable and indispensable historical volume on the United States' most unusual weapons against communism during the Cold War era." -- Survival

"A thorough and evenhanded account of the role that this surrogate home radio service provided." -- Times Literary Supplement

"A compelling chronicle of one crucial battlefront in the Cold War." -- Wall Street Journal

"Useful to anyone interested in the minutiae of American foreign policy in Eastern Europe after World War II." -- Washington Post Book World

"Anyone wanting a complete picture of how the Cold War was waged and how it came to an end will have to read it." -- Washington Times