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Published: 20 February 2015

400 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195375312

Bookseller Code (04)

Liberty's Tears

Soviet Portraits of the "American Way of Life" During the Cold War

Alan Ball

Published here for the first time in English, this unique collection of articles illustrates how the Soviet media portrayed the U.S. during the Cold War. Organized by topic, Liberty's Tears: Soviet Portraits of the "American Way of Life" During the Cold War offers commentary on diverse aspects of American life, including politics, money, crime, sports, religion, and popular culture. Exploring the propaganda struggle that played a significant role in the Cold War, Liberty's Tears includes articles from Soviet periodicals intended for a mass audience of ordinary citizens. Unlike the interminable speeches of party leaders presented in full pages of tiny print in Pravda and Izvestiia, these items were meant to be engaging and even entertaining for millions of casual Soviet readers. Headnotes and chapter introductions provide extensive context, while the provocative and critical focus on American life will be sure to spark student discussion.