UNLIMITED PDF ☆ Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers - by Joel Whitney #2020


  • Title: Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers
  • Author: Joel Whitney
  • ISBN: 9781682190241
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback

  • Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers By Joel Whitney When news broke that the CIA had colluded with literary magazines to produce cultural propaganda throughout the Cold War, a debate began that has never been resolved The story continues to unfold, with the reputations of some of America s best loved literary figures including Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and Richard Wright tarnished as their work for the intelligenWhen news broke that the CIA had colluded with literary magazines to produce cultural propaganda throughout the Cold War, a debate began that has never been resolved The story continues to unfold, with the reputations of some of America s best loved literary figures including Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and Richard Wright tarnished as their work for the intelligence agency has come to light.Finks is a tale of two CIAs, and how they blurred the line between propaganda and literature One CIA created literary magazines that promoted American and European writers and cultural freedom, while the other toppled governments, using assassination and censorship as political tools Defenders of the cultural CIA argue that it should have been lauded for boosting interest in the arts and freedom of thought, but the two CIAs had the same undercover goals, and shared many of the same methods deception, subterfuge and intimidation.Finks demonstrates how the good versus bad CIA is a false divide, and that the cultural Cold Warriors again and again used anti Communism as a lever to spy relentlessly on leftists, and indeed writers of all political inclinations, and thereby pushed U.S democracy a little closer to the Soviet model of the surveillance state.
    Joel Whitney
    Joel Whitney is the author of Finks How the CIA Tricked the World s Best Writers OR Books and a cofounder of Guernica A Magazine of Art Politics, for which he is a recipient of the 2017 PEN Nora Magid award for magazine editing Finks has been called riveting Kirkus , ingeniously researched Pankaj Mishra in The Guardian s Best of the Year Roundup , a fascinating mix of political history and literary history New York Times , an essential book Los Angeles Review of Books and a powerful warning The New Republic His essays in Dissent and Salon were Notables in Best American Essays 2015 and 2013 Other work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic and The Paris Review More here joelwhitney.

    Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers By Joel Whitney

    Commentaires:

    Socraticgadfly
    A great book on how the CIA was running Paris Review in part via third party funding and other culture magazines like Encounter, most of them directly, as a string of polo ponies to push forward the idea of American culture as a counterweight to Soviet culture and the Soviets pointing out things such as racism.Those on the take, as far as individuals included George Plimpton known today by a fair number and Peter Matthiessen known by fewer Whitney shows just how defensive Matthiessen was about [...]

    Lee Bob Black
    Finks The CIA s literary charm offensive, intellectual warfare, and propaganda sh tstorm The CIA is no stranger to sticking it s nose into the affairs of other countries Assassinations Coups National building You name it But cultural propaganda in the form of poems and book reviews Who knew In Joel Whitney s Finks, apparently numerous literary powerhouses from The Paris Review to Quest magazine India to Combate Costa Rica to Hiwar Lebanon and many others had been infiltrated by spooks But why To [...]

    Matěj Bregant
    The single most impressive thing about Whitney s book is the amount of research needed for this book It is merely 270 pages of text sans notes but it is apparent that it took a lot of time There is an interesting contradiction at first glance Finks seems almost scholarly with up to a hundred notes per chapter but then Whitney drops words like shitstorm and snitch which seem curiously out of place in a book of this nature Maybe I m being too conservative but it hits you Overall it is a good read [...]

    Julia Allen
    A very enlightening book If you a have any interest in American or international literary history, b would like to know about the details of Cold War American behavior, or c still entertain warm fuzzy feelings about the CIA, this book is a must read I m not sure I agree with the way the subtitle is worded, because clearly not all the writers involved were tricked But some were and it helps to know which were bamboozled and which were happily working for the CIA, doing the bamboozling.

    Jack Maher
    While much in this book is dated information, it does illustrate how the CIA developed and how many parts of its operation are still unknown The most disturbing piece is the revelation that even in the 50 s the CIAA tried to influence American writers and publications either directly or through surrogate groups.

    Elizabeth Burton
    These days, as the corporate media and, sadly, a fair share of the independent media are behaving as if the allegations of Russian state interference in the 2016 presidential elections are established fact they aren t , suggesting otherwise can earn the lone voice in the propaganda wilderness the label of Trump follower, Russian stooge, conspiracy nut or all of the above I have literally had people who are shocked that I refuse to accept the word of that great patriotic organization the Central [...]

    Ron S
    A fascinating say it ain t so, Joe say it ain t so Peter M, and George P story about CIA involvement with the cultural Cold War My quibbles with the book were perfectly articulated in a review by Publishers Weekly that I ll quote here The book s subject matter is fascinating and complex, but Whitney s writing is dry and unengaging what might work for a lecture comes across as dispassionate, even dull, in print Teasing apart the myriad lists of magazines and personalities grows tedious after a wh [...]

    Adam Keller
    ymmv depending on how much you dislike the CIA and how much you like the writers being discussed i was into it better as political tract than narrative nonfiction

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