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The CIA’s Cultural War Against Soviet Russia

The recent revelation by the Washington Post that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency published and distributed Boris Pasternak’s epic novel Dr. Zhivago to undermine the Soviets made headlines. But to Cold War historians and those who lived on the other side of the Iron Curtain, it was yesterday’s news. As it turns out, the CIA decided long ago that a good way to topple the Soviet Union was not with bombs, but canvases, symphonies and prose. During the heyday of the Cold War in the...

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