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Cold War Games: Propaganda, the Olympics, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Toby C. Rider


It is the early Cold War. The Soviet Union appears to be in irresistible ascendance and moves to exploit the Olympic Games as a vehicle for promoting international communism. In response, the United States conceives a subtle, far-reaching psychological warfare campaign to blunt the Soviet advance. Drawing on newly declassified materials and archives, this book chronicles how the U.S. government used the Olympics to promote democracy and its own policy aims during the tense early phase of the Cold War. The book shows how the government, though constrained by traditions against interference in t ... More

Keywords: Cold War, Soviet Union, Olympic Games, international communism, United States, psychological warfare, democracy, International Olympic Committee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040238
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toby C. Rider, author
California State University, Fullerton