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  1. Socraticgadfly Socraticgadfly says:

    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 racismThose 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 this claiming the CIA wasn't that bad back then and citing his later support for American Indians as exculpationBeyond that the CIA's if you're not for us you're against us was applied to non communist socialist writers like Gabriel Garcia Maruez and Mario Vargas Llosa And used to hound and spy on Papa HemingwayMust read with the additional irony that Whitley has had poetry published in Paris Review

  2. Lee Bob Black Lee Bob Black says:

    Finks — The CIA’s literary charm offensive intellectual warfare and propaganda shtstorm 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 uest magazine India to Combate Costa Rica to Hiwar Lebanon and many others — had been infiltrated by spooks But why? To promulgate anti communist sentiment? To uphold American values? To help win the Cold War? To each of these uestions it seems the answer was a resounding yes at least in the beginning In the end it didn’t take long for it all to go off the rails civil rights be damned In my opinion one particularly cogent uote will prepare a reader for the broad scope of this important book Mr Whitney writes that Finks is his “attempt to look through a keyhole into the vast engine room of the cultural Cold War to see if this ideology—one favoring paranoid intervention into the media over adherence to democratic principle—remains with us If so what do we lose by accepting that our media exist in part to encourage support for our interventions? And if we’re ok with it during one administration are we still ok with our tax dollars fostering the nexus of CIA contractors military propagandists and journalists even when the opposition runs the government?”

  3. Matěj Bregant Matěj Bregant says:

    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 but there are way too many names and organizations mentioned at least include a list of rudimentary connections or something David Simon had a short list of main players in his Homicide and it sure helped

  4. Julia Allen Julia Allen says:

    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

  5. Jeannine Jeannine says:

    Fascinating book on the ties of the CIA to The Paris Review the world of television and movie Westerns book prizes and the publication of Dr Zhivago and much

  6. Elizabeth Burton Elizabeth Burton says:

    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 Intelligence AgencyI was already aware of the CIA's dirty fingers stirring the literary pot not to mention journalism film and TV What this well researched history provides is an in depth review of one aspect of their meddling—their support in the creation of The Paris Review and its sister publications worldwide under the aegis of the Congress for Cultural FreedomOnce one accepts the premise that anything we see or hear in the media or on our screens may have as its underlying agenda the propagation of the message the government—or whichever agency feels the need to tweak the national mindset—wants us to embrace it's all but impossible not to see how the sausage is made Indeed sometimes as with the CBS TV series Salvation the presentation is so ham handed any decent writer would refuse to have their name attachedThere is a belief among us in the United States that the CIA was until last year prohibited from acting within the country's boundaries Mr Whitney however notes that in fact the act of Congress that established the CIA never actually put that prohibition in writing It was nothing than a gentlemen's agreement Of course anyone able to apply the term gentlemen to the CIA is in serious need of therapyAnother myth dispelled in these pages is the accepted history that Osama bin Laden and Al aeda evolved from the mujahideen armed and trained by the CIA during the Reagan administration to combat the Russian invasion of Afghanistan In point of fact Mr Whitney reveals there was a CIA sponsored cell of academics in the country at least by the mid 1960sIf you're tired of being lied to if you're exhausted by the stress of being told there are enemies from all over the globe lurking in the shadows ready to pounce I recommend you read this book It won't help much with the stress but at least you'll be looking at the right enemy

  7. Kit Kit says:

    It was shocking to read just how far the CIA's tendrils reached into the literary world or it would have been if I'd never heard of the CIA before Still this is an impressive book of research If you come into it without much of a background in the Cold War or the literary history of the twentieth century you will like I was be treading water to stay afloat The index is seven pages in two columns mostly names the bulk of which only appear once After a few chapters I stopped trying to keep the 'minor' people straight and just let the facts wash over meI came away from this book with a newfound respect for a handful of authors who resisted being roped into Cold War games like John Berger and James BaldwinI doubt Joel Whitney is a communist but whatever he is he keeps his politics out of the book and tries to cleave to the facts That is not to say that 'Finks' is a mere record of facts There is sympathy offered as well as judgment imposed on the various finks in these historiesA memorable uote from the closing chapter on AfghanistanThe Congress for Cultural Freedom was comfortable with intervention; indeed it at times appeared to treat intervention as its religion though articulated through a seemingly apolitical theory of development called modernization But if you looked at the details with some skepticism and could keep straight what the paper trail truly looked like across the constellation of archives and cover stories modernization theory was jihad Even if it was American Jihad

  8. Ron S Ron S says:

    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 uibbles with the book were perfectly articulated in a review by Publishers Weekly that I'll uote 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 while but for those willing to slog through a rich tapestry of material awaits It's difficult accepting that one's literary heroes have feet of clay but my high regard for Matthiessen's books remains undiminished as does my respect for Plimpton's place in the New Journalism

  9. Dayna Dayna says:

    Thoroughly researched paced like a good novel Finks is a book you will not want to put down Mr Whitney did an impressive job of fitting together what may have once seemed unrelated pieces and showed that controlling the world's perception of other nations' culture can be as great a threat as traditional weapons of war It also seemed to suggest that writers seeking publication good PR should toady up to the CIA; what's their commission?

  10. Keith Keith says:

    Origins of the Deep StateThis is another treatment of the now known influences of the secret efforts of organizations from a cultural approach ie Literature and publishing Looking at the Cold War and the US it shows behavior by our government past and present of illegal acts in the name of national security It is continuing to this day

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Finks : how the CIA tricked the world's best writers ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Finks : how the CIA tricked the world's best writers Author 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 When how the CIA tricked eBook ß news broke that the CIA had colluded how the eBook ↠ 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 : how the CIA tricked PDF/EPUB ² and European writers and cultural freedom Finks : PDF or 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 : how the Epub Û and thereby pushed US democracy a little closer to the Soviet model of the surveillance state.

  • Paperback
  • 348 pages
  • Finks : how the CIA tricked the world's best writers
  • Joel Whitney
  • English
  • 02 June 2015
  • 9781682190241