Libertys Tears: Soviet Portraits of the American Way of Life During the Cold War

Paperback | March 6, 2015

byAlan Ball

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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 aspectsof 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 theinterminable 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.

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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 aspectsof American life, including politics, money...

Alan Ball is Professor of History at Marquette University. He is the author of Imagining America (2003), And Now My Soul is Hardened (1994), and Russia's Last Capitalists (1987).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:March 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of PeriodicalsNote on ConventionsIntroduction: The American Way of Life1. PoliticsDemocracy American StyleThis Can HappenRonnie Shoots from the HipVoters from the Next WorldThe Personal Life of Congressman GallagherStill Just Warming UpWill I Be Governor?Mystery-Bouffe2. CapitalismThe Green VanMellon Shames NeroPeople's Millionaires and People's UnemployedTwo AmericasBusiness By SwindlingTogether with His Favorite Dog, BerthaAt the "Olympic Pie"3. PropagandaPoint-Blank QuestionOne Hundred Days in SaigonVoice from the SwampAccredited in MoscowA Million for a MythIn the Fog of SlanderPersonal Friend4. Police State"I Refuse to Pay for the Rope which They Want to Use to Hang Me"Not Very Secret PlasterBlack Lists"Crime and Punishment"Who is Next?Political HypocritesThe Mystery of the "Red Diary" of Marilyn Monroe5. America AbroadMatch With Tommy Fog"Made in the USA"The White American ButterflyMeeting on the 37th FloorA Substitution on the CIA TeamThe Watch of Nicholas SirgadoOne Day at Noon Over Barbados6. RacismThat Was Lo-ong Ago!HoneymoonMurders on 14th StreetRacist Practices in the "Dream Factory"Ordinary Racism7. Violence and CrimeBringing Up JohnnyOrdinary MurderA Detective Story on a State ScaleUSA: A Society of Terror and CrimeAnd the Ladies ShootThe United Trembling StatesArmed Maniac in the "Coliseum"8. CultureThe Movie Poison of Wall StreetJohnny Lives in New YorkOn Playboy MagazineOrgy at Finch College"Hippy Land" Goes to the BottomHow "Hits" are MadeLiterary Highwayman9. SportsGloves or Handcuffs?American FootballPrinces and BeggarsBasketball in the USABehind the Scenes of the Professional RingsIn the Embrace of "Black Beauty"10. ReligionThe Cardinal from Wall StreetMama, Papa, Baby and JehovahPornography and Sanctimonious PeopleThe New Adventures of Darwin in America11. WomenIs this Really a "Friend"?Anxiety About the FutureThe Pretty Girls of LOOK and the Workday Routine of Mildred MasonThe Sad, Sad, Sad World. American Journalist Betty Friedan on the Position of Women in the USAMothers for HireHow Difficult It is to be a Woman12. Overtaking AmericaTwo IdealsStumbling in Space"And How is it with Freedom Over There?"Two FatesAmericans Learn About a Russian FarmWhy I Left America13. A Lighter TouchNotes on Basketball in the USAMeetings in HollywoodTwo Weeks in the USARoswell Garst and his FarmTommie-RocketHow I Was an American FarmerConclusion

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"The extensive use of Russian sources, especially popular periodicals that would otherwise not be accessible to students, makes this work especially intriguing, and I think it can set it far apart from other works on the Cold War era. The selections are great fun to read, but standing on theirown, with no editorial apparatus to place them in their context, they offer only an inkling of the work's larger potential." --Ronald Granieri, University of Pennsylvania