Bombardment by book in war of words

Review: Hot Books in the Cold War, by Alfred A. Reisch

The subtitle of this book sets the scene for what to expect: “The CIA-Funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind The Iron Curtain”. It sounds like an intriguing theme and in many ways it is, though not perhaps in the cloak-and-dagger manner that might be expected, given those words.
Between 1957 and 1991 hundreds of thousands, if not millions of books were freely distributed to individual citizens and various institutes in Eastern Europe. The idea was to help influence change behind the Iron Curtain. In other words, the project was seen as an element of Cold War cultural contestation.
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