The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America
Harvard University Press, 2008 - 342 Seiten
In 1967 the magazine Ramparts ran an exposé revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had been secretly funding and managing a wide range of citizen front groups intended to counter communist influence around the world. In addition to embarrassing prominent individuals caught up, wittingly or unwittingly, in the secret superpower struggle for hearts and minds, the revelations of 1967 were one of the worst operational disasters in the history of American intelligence and presaged a series of public scandals from which the CIA's reputation has arguably never recovered.
CIA official Frank Wisner called the operation his "mighty Wurlitzer," on which he could play any propaganda tune. In this illuminating book, Hugh Wilford provides the first comprehensive account of the clandestine relationship between the CIA and its front organizations. Using an unprecedented wealth of sources, he traces the rise and fall of America's Cold War front network from its origins in the 1940s to its Third World expansion during the 1950s and ultimate collapse in the 1960s.
Covering the intelligence officers who masterminded the CIA's fronts as well as the involved citizen groups--émigrés, labor, intellectuals, artists, students, women, Catholics, African Americans, and journalists--Wilford provides a surprising analysis of Cold War society that contains valuable lessons for our own age of global conflict.
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THE MIGHTY WURLITZER: How the CIA Played AmericaNutzerbericht - Kirkus
By turns hilarious and horrifying, the story of the CIA's attempts to disseminate anticommunist propaganda through a variety of front organizations.Since the agency's inception in 1947, writes Wilford ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - jensenmk82 - LibraryThing
Fascinating material, solidly researched, but the content of the book doesn't live up to the title. Wilford shows that the CIA’s covert network began in the late 1940s, based on the Cold War, domestic ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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