Arch Puddington wrote a very captivation and well researched book on the impact of RFE and RL, in informing listeners, which brought about the demise of Marxism and the Eastern Bloc. Puddington signified that the success of the stations goes to the grand architects: Allen Dulles, George Kennan, and General Lucius Clay, who were firmly committed to the success of the stations. He argued that, a 1949 RFE memo refers to Kennan as the “Father of our project,” where he drafted NSC 10/2, which authorized psychological warfare, and propaganda against the enemy. (p11) Evidently, this should come as no surprise, since he was after all the main architect of the Cold War policy.
His book thus offers the reader a fascinating glimpse of RFE and RL in executing the U.S. Cold War policy, and the efforts of subversive operatives to infiltrate and sabotage both stations. Agreeably, the stations served as the paramount means of expressing America’s point of view, of the event...
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...r tremendous role in bringing about the demise of Communism. Without a doubt, the stations did their part, which it is no wonder the Soviets were reluctant to end their jamming of RL, whilst they did not for VOA, and the BBC. Arguably, it is no wonder that the vast majority of Russian citizens, who have since emigrated, saw for themselves the deceitfulness of their leaders about the west, and have since shared in the American dream of freedom and fulfillment. Indeed, one might add, such an experiment might also be used against the North Koreans, so that their people can fully experience what free of choice is all about. However, having served on the continent, it could mean death for any North Korean citizen who listened to western broadcast. I have no reservations about this book, and thus believe it would add flavor to all history and political science classes.
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