Conquest by Terror: The Story of Satellite Europe

Conquest by Terror: The Story of Satellite Europe

Conquest by Terror: The Story of Satellite Europe

Conquest by Terror: The Story of Satellite Europe

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I think you might be interested to know how this book came to be written. It is a direct result of my belief that the so-called "Iron Curtain" has many crevices, cracks, and gaps in it; and that we in the West have actually been putting a lot of unnecessary iron into it--by failing to tap, correlate and publicize many important seepages of information from Eastern Europe. This conviction had grown ever since I spent five months reporting from several of these Soviet-captive countries in 1946. We could and should know a great deal more about what the Soviet Communists are doing in the Red-ruled half of Europe. A remarkable amount of factual data has been available. It simply hasn't been pursued with sufficient effort, method and persistence

I became equally convinced that we need desperately to know much more precisely how the Stalinists are nailing down their conquest of six and one-half foreign nations (including Eastern Germany), that the preservation of our own freedoms depends on such knowledge. Exactly what are the Communists' methods of control? How are they capturing or subjugating people in Eastern Europe? I couldn't get any rounded conception from our press or radio--just fragmentary and scattered news items. The real meaning to us very rarely seemed to come through.

The Korean invasion posed some new questions. After all, Moscow possessed larger and much more strategically placed puppet armies in Eastern Europe than in North Korea. What were the Soviets doing with these satellite armed forces? What . . .

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