Magazine September 9, 2019, Issue

The Cold War of Words

Arthur Koestler (left) at the Galerie Mokum in Amsterdam, January 11, 1969 (Wikimedia)
Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War, by Duncan White (Custom House, 800 pp., $32.50)

Known as the Cold War, the clash of interest between the United States and the Soviet Union played out on several fronts, and culture was one of them. On both sides, the leadership had to do what it could to persuade the public that its values were superior, in the end worth fighting for. Intellectuals therefore came into their own because they were identifiable supporters of the political and social values under which they were living, or, perhaps more crucially, because they were critics. Survival might be a matter for the military; freedom was at stake for everybody.

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This article appears as “War of Words” in the September 9, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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