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What People are Saying

“This book presents a wealth of new information, drawing on recently released archival material. It is a welcome addition to the literature on the Radios and sheds a new light on several important episodes.”—Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and previous Diplomat-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

“This is the first book to base the RFE/RL story on the most complete source material. It will surely be considered by interested scholars an important contribution in the field.”—Csaba Békés, Cold War History Research Center, Budapest

“A. Ross Johnson, a former director of RFE and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, has written a meticulously researched and superbly written work on RFE, which broadcast to the Soviet bloc countries in eastern Europe, and RL, which sent programs to the republics of the Soviet Union. Johnson persuasively argues that these broadcasts to the captive peoples of eastern Europe played a significant role in undermining the legitimacy of the communist regimes.”—Sheldon Anderson, Miami University (Ohio)

Chapter List

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

Introduction: Radio as Soft Power

1. Present at the Creation

2. Birth Pangs in the Early 1950s

3. Two Octobers in 1956

4. Bridge Building in the 1960s

5. Czechoslovakia, 1968

6. Radio Liberty in the 1960s

7. Impact and Countermeasures

8. Emergence from the Shadows

9. Public-Private Partnership

10. Influencing Others: Lessons Learned, Overlearned, and Unlearned

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