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Cold War Games
Author: Toby C. Rider

ISBN: 9780252081699
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17 May 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Description:
It is the early Cold War. The Soviet Union appears to be in irresistible ascendance and moves to exploit the Olympic Games as a vehicle for promoting international communism. In response, the United States conceives a subtle, far-reaching psychological warfare campaign to blunt the Soviet advance. Drawing on newly declassified materials and archives, Toby C. Rider chronicles how the U.S. government used the Olympics to promote democracy and its own policy aims during the tense early phase of the Cold War.

Rider shows how the government, though constrained by traditions against interference in the Games, eluded detection by cooperating with private groups, including secretly funded émigré organizations bent on liberating their home countries from Soviet control. At the same time, the United States utilized Olympic host cities as launching pads for hyping the American economic and political system. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, the government attempted clandestine manipulation of the International Olympic Committee.

Rider also details the campaigns that sent propaganda materials around the globe as the United States mobil...

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