March 28, 2008

Book Review - Total Cold War

Total Cold War: Eisenhower's Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad
Kenneth Osgood
E 183.8 .S65 O82 2006

Osgood takes a new look at American involvement in the Cold War. Rather than focus on competing political ideologies or competition for allies, Osgood looks at the deliberate propaganda campaigns that the Eisenhower administration used, not only in the United States, but aimed at most other countries in the world as well. He asserts that the American struggle against communism was one fought across the world through covert operations as well as psychological warfare programs. He discusses the ways in which everyday life in America was portrayed around the world as well as how the arms and space races with communist countries were depicted in the United States. Based on recently declassified U.S. documents, Osgood reveals a new side of President Eisenhower and the programs carried out by executive agencies that he sanctioned. This book will make readers suspicious of the international diplomatic activities as well as domestic policy agendas of our national leaders.