In This Review

America's Other Voice: The Story of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty
America's Other Voice: The Story of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty
By Sig Mickelson
Praeger, 1983, 269 pp.

The story of "unofficial" broadcasting to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union has never been told with such authority and in such detail as in this book by a former CBS executive who served for a time as president of RFE and RL. The accent is less on the accomplishments and failures in the target countries than on organization, financing and relations to U.S. government agencies and foreign policy. The narrative runs from now-it-can-be-told revelations of the 1950s through the adjustment to the exposure of the CIA connection in the 1960s to the struggle for survival and the reorganization under legislation in the 1970s and since. Mickelson is refreshingly candid, and he has used a great deal of perishable material, from interviews and his own recollections, to give us a solid and irreplaceable history of a unique endeavor.