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Cultural Exchange & the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain
Some fifty thousand Soviets visited the United States under various exchange programs between 1958 and 1988. They came as scholars and students, scientists and engineers, writers and journalists, government and party officials, musicians, dancers, and athletes and among them were more than a few KGB officers. They came, they saw, they were conquered, and the Soviet Union ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published July 30th 2004 by Penn State University Press
(first published July 31st 2000)
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Be warned that this is not a connected narrative but mini-essays. For instance, brief essays on individual participants with quotes from them about their experiences. It also occasionally reads like a promotional brochure for the programs as if he is still trying to pitch them. But the subject is fascinating and I certainly don't know of any other work of its kind so for that it is worth reading. How much, if at all, did the exchange programs affect the relationship between the USSR and the US? ...more
I couldn't put this book down. Reading about the impact of all the cultural aspects and the intersections thereof on people and their ultimate positions is just electrifying. What an interesting way to think about the wonderful avenues we have outside of politics even for tensions in the world today. I passed this along to my little cousin who wants to be a US diplomat to China for her to learn the other impacts on relationships between people and their countries.
Yale Richmond served as a cultural officer in the U.S. Foreign Service with postings in Germany, Laos, Poland.More about Yale Richmond...