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The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  57 reviews
During the Cold War, freedom of expression was vaunted as liberal democracy’s most cherished possession—but such freedom was put in service of a hidden agenda. In The Cultural Cold War, Frances Stonor Saunders reveals the extraordinary efforts of a secret campaign in which some of the most vocal exponents of intellectual freedom in the West were working for or subsidized b ...more
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Published November 5th 2013 by The New Press (first published 1999)
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Naeem
Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mustreads
You know all that paranoia that besides politics and economics, the CIA also has infiltrated all kinds of cultural institutions -- academic journals, music, international academic conferences, popular journals, export of popular music? Well now your paranoia can be exorcised, because it is all true!

Read this book and weep. Weep, not at the blood, and torture, and killing -- this book has none of that. This is drip, drip, drip of the CIA's backing of cultural influence. Sort of akin to finding o
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Simon Wood
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WITH "FREEDOM" FIGHTERS LIKE THESE WHO NEEDS TOTALITARIANS?

A fine, readable book on the CIA programme to fund allegedly leftist/high cultural movements during the first half of the so called cold war. The cast of characters are a fairly unlikeable bunch - examples Nicholas Nabokov (3rd rate composer and cousin to the much more talented novelist), Irving Kristol (grandpa to the neo-conservative movement), Arthur Koestler (one time communist, writer and rapist, full time loud mouth). It hardly su
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Bên Phía Nhà Z
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
đọc cuốn sách này để tìm hiểu về chuyện Orwell đã được CIA tuyên truyền như nào trong thời kỳ chiến tranh lạnh. ngoài cuốn này còn có một cuốn chuyên viết về bác sĩ Zhivago và sự ra đời bản dịch cũng như bản tiếng Nga ở ngoài Nga như thế nào.

Đều là những cuốn sách cực hay và nên đọc cho ai muốn tìm hiểu sự tuyên truyền như không tuyên truyền, chúng em có làm gì đâu, chỉ cho tiền cho các bạn từng mê cộng bây giờ thành cấp tiến muốn nói gì thì nói thôi mà.

Xem Animal Farm do CIA làm với cái kết cụ
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عمرو
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ميزة الكتاب الكبرى أنه جاء في شكل دراسة ليمنع سخافات أصحاب نظرية (النوايا البيضاء) و (العالم اللطيف لا مؤامرات فيه) من الظهور .. هذه دراسة عميقة موثقة بدقة و لا مجال فيها للمزاح ..
ترجمة لطيفة و أسلوب لطيف في الكتابة يعوض مشكلة كبر حجم الكتاب ..
و هذه أهم النقاط التي لاحظتها بجوار الفكرة العامة للكتاب :

* مدى احتقار أهل النخبة للمتحولين فكرياً (صـ 106) .. كل من تابع ما بعد الثورة المصرية (2011) رأى هذا الأمر بعينيه .. نحن لا نتحدث عن المتحولين في المواقف السياسية .. بل المتحولين من فكر الى فكر مضا
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أسيل
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ناتو ثقافي

عرّابة مثقفين وافاع ثقافية لاذعه وكراكيز فكرية
تجيد فن الكذب والخداع ولا يظهر عليها انها تفعل شيئاً
تظن انها تتصرف بحرية ووفق ارادتها وبالواقع مكبلون مقيدون
بقوى لا سيطرة هم عليها
فما يهم ان ترفض كل شيء وتكذبه او ان تندفع عليه او تبقى مراقباً؟!
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مثلما للطبيخ نفس وللطعام ذائقة فالقراءة كذلك
الطبيخ نفس ومن يقدم عليه عليه ان يقوم به بحب وتأني
والقراءة نفس ..فبأي نفس ستقرأ لكاتب قد عرفت انه ليس الا اداة
لخدمة غرض ما ويطبق عليك الوعي المزيف
والقراءة ذائقة بقدر طيب مذاقها ب
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J.M. Hushour
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It could hardly surprise anyone at this point, except in the details, but the CIA had a hand in all kinds of cultural enterprises during the 1950s and 1960s. The premise was simple: let's combat totalitarian, non-democratic art by controlling our own art non-democratically and totalitarianally. Emphasis on the 'anally'.
A lot of Saunders' analysis focuses on journals like "Encounter", "Partisan Review" and others, and the wide-ranging cast of intellectual and morons in government and intelligence
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muhammad lafi
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تحفة بحثية قدمتها لنا الشابة البريطانية فرانسيس ستونر قبل تسع سنوات، كانت جديرة بالضجة التي قرعت رأس الغرب
صحيح ان هذه المسألة لم تكن ذات وقع مؤثر في مواجهة الاعلام الموجه، خصوصا وانها تحكي عن تاريخ قد مضى في توجيه الرأي العام ومنهجة قناعاته بالفن والثقافة والسياسة،لكنها تركت اثرا يستدل به في عصر الحرب الثقافية الجديدة ضد الأمة العربية..
استشهادات بسيطة يمكننا عكسها مما اتت به فرانسيس مما كان موجها ضد المنظومة الاشتراكية لنعكسه على واقعنا المعاصر
خلق اليسار الجديد المتأمرك لمجابهة الشيوعية، الاسلام
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Cameron
This book is written for an audience that already knows something about the Cold War and US politics in the 1950s, and for me it was an uphill climb since I know little about this period in American history. Fortunately Saunders is a good writer and manages to make most of it fairly interesting, although there are lots of quotations from government documents and people's letters that are laborious to wade through. Her thesis is that the CIA and its predecessors tried to engage the Communist enem ...more
lyell bark
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a pretty cool book how the cia funded left wing groups, artists, thinkers, philsophers etc. as a way to combat communism. cool. sort of name heavy sometimes which i s a bit annoying but whatever man. now next time your talking to all your cool friends down @the mission district you can tell them not only is the cia good at giving lsd to housewives, not killing fidel castro repeatedly, blowing up cats, and selling crack to black ppl, but they are also good at turning leftists into spinele ...more
John Pistelli
Someone once said that beneath or behind all political and cultural warfare lies a struggle between secret societies.
—Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo (1972)

This 1999 book by British journalist Saunders is the classic account of the CIA's semi-secret mid-20th-century sponsorship of cultural organizations, literary and political journals, artistic movements, and related ventures (including films and political campaigns) throughout the world to combat the influence of communism.

Taking the form of a nar
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باهر سليمان
كيف يمكن أن تتلاعب الأجهزة الأمنية والمخابراتية بالعقول عن طريق إخضاع الفنون والثقافة لهيمنتها ، واستكتاب المثقفين بما يوافق هواها ، هذا ما حاولت رصده ( ف.س. سوندرز) من خلال كتابها " الحرب الباردة الثقافية " أو " من الذي دفع للزمار " .

من خلال الوثائق يسلط الكتاب الضوء على كيفية محاربة الولايات المتحدة للشيوعية ، كانت الحفلات الموسيقية والكتابات الروائية والمعارض الفنية والمحاضرات العامة ، وسائل مهمة استخدمها الأمريكان لضرب الشيوعية ، فمثلًا أوبرا ريجوليتو يعاد تقديمها بطريقة معادية للفاشية ، ولإ
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Conrad
Dec 14, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
At least one review of this book on goodreads contains the usual naive-hysterical view that the CIA touches everything, and everything they touch turns to shit. While they certainly did do their share of nasty work during their salad days pre-Carter, the CIA also funded and promoted significant figures in the anti-totalitarian left, which is why I'm interested in this book.

Apparently the CIA - through its Association for Cultural Freedom - was a significant supporter of Modernism in music, liter
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Jessica
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Jessica by: Priscilla and Mary. And they were RIGHT to recommend it!
Essential non-fiction. Everyone should read this book to get a deeper (shocking!) understanding of the Cold War. Who knew Jackson Pollack's ab-ex paintings were tools of the CIA to stop the spread of Communism!! The only negative effect of reading this book is coming away with the feeling that the CIA has infiltrated absolutely every nook and cranny of American life.
Saul
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
If you ever had doubts the CIA would meddle with any part of society in a relentless unbridled self-absorbed hunt to stamp out communism at any-and-all costs: well, this book should convince you. Otherwise, please grab your plush McCarthy-bear and go back to watching the Doomsday clock on Fox News. Reading is not for you.

On a more serious note, this book is a wonderful textbook on America's cold-war fight against communism. Sure to surprise, it's chocked full of research showing how the CIA spen
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Paul Hebron
A very thorough account of the Congress for Cultural Freedom and the CIA's attempts ot channel money into various European and American thinkers to create a viable liberal/capitalist alternative to socialism/communism. Mostly interesting except that the real historical events are of the 'then he said something to thibgy, and then they sent a letter to magazine A, who then went to committee B' variety, when I was hoping for something concise like William Blum's 'Killing Hope'. The scale of CIA in ...more
Lawrence
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know what the CIA has been doing since if was formed in 1946 and HOW it controls ALL of the media in the world, you must read this thoroughly documented, non-fiction book. If you haven't read this book, you really can not understand the what American think is "reality". Everything you see and hear in school and in "the media" is a lie. Everything.
Kevin Tole
This is the second time I have read this book. I read it first when it came out and as I remember it, was somewhat disappointed by the lack of deeper comment on the promotion of American Abstract Expressionism throughout the world. As we all know now, this was very much funded by the CIA and the American government in the 50's and put up as the ultimate white to the black of Socialist Realism. Everything Abstract Expressionism stood for, coming from a stream of American artists living the Americ ...more
Paul
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fascinating and important topic—whatever your political persuasions—that rewrites your sense of cultural history and even of where we are now. There should be dozens of books on this, and I'd also like to read one deconstructing communist cold war propaganda. I hope it helps people shake patriotic wool from their eyes.....

I'm ambivalent about how she writes, it's between easy academic and British (Oxbridge) weekend journalism, but it gets a bit dense and meandering, is overly long/repetit
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عاصم الدسوقي
مسمارٌ آخر في كراهية الاحتلال الأمريكي وما جرّه علينا من أكآذيب .
بخصوص الكتاب .. منمّقٌ يسير سهل في أطروحته، قويٌّ في عرض الحُجّة وتفنيد الاتهامات المُشارة للغزو الأمريكي لثقافة العالم .
- المال الذي منع بريطانيا من أن تجابه ثقافة الشيوعية أو الليبرالية الأمريكية يؤكّد أن صراع الحضارات قائمٌ لأجل شهوات الإنسان خصوصا الماليّة منها .
- الدينُ الذي فصلته أمريكا عن مؤسساتها أدخلته ك قَسَمٍ للولاء والطاعة في الكونجرس " وأن نعيش أمة واحدة تحت راية الرّب"
- الاحتلال الثقافي المُنمّق ع مدار ٤٠ عامًا جعل مج
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Dan Geddes
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who study connections between the media and the state The Cultural Cold War may be the most eye-opening book you will ever read.

"During the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government committed vast resources to a secret program of cultural propaganda in Western Europe. A central feature of this program was to advance the claim that it did not exist."

Saunders chronicles the CIA’s penetration of literary and artistic circles in American and Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. They were purs
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Jeannine
Definitely fascinating research into the literary and artistic world and its ties to the CIA.
Nossa Zoubi
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من دفع للمزمار من كتب الوثائقية يتحدث عن رأسماليه الأميريكية و شيوعية و صراعها في ربوع أروبا بإستخدام الحرب البارده الثقافية و غزو الثقافي للموسيقي و أدب و مسرح و فكر و عادات و ....
بإستخدام وحدات إستخباراتيه و مؤساسات غير مسجل و غير محددة الدعم المالي ليكون لهم الستار الكامل و حرية مطلقة للتصرف و تلاعب تحت مبدأ الغاية تبرر الوسيلة و أمريكا هي دولة الحظارة و السيده على العالم ..
في حقيقية وجدت صعوبة بالغة أثناء قرائة الكتاب لطريقة سرده المملة و دقيقه و كثرة المؤساسات و الأسماء منها ماتعرفت عليه و
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صديق الحكيم
الزمار يغني لمن يدفع
وهذا الكتاب يوضح منهجية أمريكا في إدارة حربها الباردة في العالم
عن طريق إدارة العقول في مناطق العالم المختلفة
كقوة استعمارية لها مصالح في كل شبر من العالم
ومستهدفها هم المثقفين
Nigel
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raises some interesting questions...
اسامة العطاري
كتاب جميل يبين الطريقة التي استخدمتها امريكيا للسيطرة على العالم في ظل الحرب الباردة بينها وبين الاتحاد السوفيتي الشيوعي
Feras Alropa
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بدايته كانت صعبة حتى أستوعبت ماذا يجري
لو أصبح لدي فرصة ثانية لقرائته لعدته
كتاب وثائقي بحت بسيط وسهل
النجمة سقطت لأن الكتاب عرض وجه النظر الرأسمالية





Koke
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مثل هذه الكتب تجعلك تعرف معني امريكا وما هي قادره عليه
نصف المثقفين في العصر الحديث كانوا عملاء ل cia
Mills College Library
327.14 S2573 2013
Bolla Nobel
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب مقنع جدا ومبين للواحد إن الديموقراطية زي أي نظام شمولي ...
Mostafa Shalash
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إن كتاب "الحرب الباردة الثقافية " عن دور المخابرات الأمريكية في عالم الفنون والآداب لمؤلفته "فرانسيس ستونر سوندرز" جدير بالقراءة ، لأنه يكشف ستر مواقف وتحولات في عالم الثقافة كان مثقف الستينيات الملتزم في مصر وبلدان العالم العربي، يرددها دون أن يدري أسبابها.
إنها القصة كاملة للدور الذي قامت به الـ المخابرات المركزية في الحرب الباردة الثقافية ، الأمر الذي يجعل من هذا الكتاب " عملاً مهماً من أعمال البحث التاريخي " كما وصفه المفكر الراحل "إدوارد سعيد".

بعد نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية، كانت وكالة الم
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