Total Cold War: Eisenhower's Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad

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When President Dwight Eisenhower spoke of waging "total cold war," he was proposing nothing less than a global, all-embracing battle for hearts and minds. His wide-ranging propaganda campaign challenged world communism at every turn and left a lasting mark on the American psyche. Kenneth Osgood now chronicles the secret psychological warfare programs America developed at the height of the Cold War. These programs--which were often indistinguishable from CIA convert operations--went well being campaigns to foment unrest behind the Iron Curtain. The effort was global: U.S. propaganda campaigns targeted virtually every country in the free world. Total Cold War also shows that Eisenhower waged his propaganda war not just abroad, but also at home. U.S. psychological warfare programs blurred the lines between foreign and domestic propaganda with campaigns that both targeted the American people and enlisted them as active participants in global contest for public opinion. Osgood focuses on major campaigns such as Atoms for Peace, People-to-People, and cultural exchange programs. Drawing on recently declassified documents that record U.S. psychological, operations in some three dozen countries, the tells how U.S. propaganda agencies presented everyday life in America to the world: its citizens living full, happy lives in a classless society where economic bounty was shared by all. Osgood further investigates the ways in which superpower disarmament negotiations were used as propaganda maneuvers in the battle for international public opinion. He also reexamines the early years of the space race, focusing especially on the challenge to American propagandists posed by the Soviet launch of Sputnik.Perhaps most telling, Osgood takes a new look at President Eisenhower's leadership. Believing that psychological warfare was a potent weapon in America's arsenal, Ice appears in these pages not as a disinterested figurehead, as he's often been portrayed, but as an activist
Autor: Kenneth Osgood
Kenneth Osgood is assistant professor of history at Florida Atlantic University.

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Autor: Kenneth Osgood
ISBN-13 :: 9780700614455
ISBN: 0700614451
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.02.2006
Gewicht: 903g
Seiten: 506
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 235x162x39 mm
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