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The Cultural Cold War by Frances Stonor Saunders
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Aug 25, 2008

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Read in February, 2009

update: couldn't really get through it but will be a great reference.

this book was written for exactly the kind of nerd i am.... it's about the intersecting worlds of politics and art, viewed through the telescopic, at times blinder-ed, lens that is history.
i did not know how heavily abstract expressionists were financed during the cold war as part of a covert campaign to undermine the social realism of art emerging from the soviet bloc. (its crime was portraying the grittiness and indignity of poverty. nevertheless, i still really dig abstract expressionism, not in some creepy 1984 way, and cannot take the whole CIA as an aesthetic manipulator thing too seriously...)

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