On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Prague (BOK)

Igor Lukes

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By 1945, both the US State Department and US Intelligence saw Czechoslovakia as the master key to the balance of power in Europe and a chessboard for the power-game between East and West. In this book, Igor Lukes illuminates the early stages of the Cold War in postwar Prague. He paints a critical portrait of Ambassador Laurence Steinhardt and shows that although Washington understood that the outcome of the crisis in Prague might shape the political trends elsewhere in Europe, it ignored signs that democracy in Czechoslovakia was in trouble. A large section of the book deals with US Intelligence in postwar Prague. The American intelligence officials who served in Czechoslovakia from 1945 to 1948 were committed to the mission of gathering information and protecting democracy. Yet they were defeated by the Czech and Soviet clandestine services that proved to be more shrewd and better informed. Indeed, Lukes reveals that a key American officer may have been turned by the Russians. Consequently, as the Communists moved to impose their dictatorship, the American Embassy was unprepared and helpless.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Igor Lukes
ISBN 9780195166798
Antall sider 320 Dimensjoner 16,2cm x 23,5cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 510 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, The Cold War, Espionage & secret services