Mighty Wurlitzer How the CIA Played America

ISBN-10: 067403256X
ISBN-13: 9780674032569
Edition: 2008
Authors: Hugh Wilford
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 5/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

In 1967 the magazine Ramparts ran an exposeacute; 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--eacute;migreacute;s, 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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Introduction
Innocents' Clubs: The Origins of the CIA Front
Secret Army: �migr�s
AFL-CIA: Labor
A Deep Sickness in New York: Intellectuals
The Cultural Cold War: Writers, Artists, Musicians, Filmmakers
The CIA on Campus: Students
The Truth Shall Make You Free: Women
Saving the World: Catholics
Into Africa: African Americans
Things Fall Apart: Journalists
Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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