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Cold War Captives: Imprisonment, Escape, and Brainwashing

Susan Carruthers


This provocative history of early Cold War America recreates a time when World War III seemed imminent. Headlines were dominated by stories of Soviet slave laborers, brainwashed prisoners in Korea, and courageous escapees like Oksana Kasenkina who made a “leap for freedom” from the Soviet Consulate in New York. This book explores a central dimension of American culture and politics—the postwar preoccupation with captivity. “Menticide,” the calculated destruction of individual autonomy, struck many Americans as a more immediate danger than nuclear annihilation. Drawing upon a rich array of decl ... More

Keywords: Cold War, America, World War III, Oksana Kasenkina, captivity, menticide, slave labor, brainwashing, Soviet Union, Korea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520257306
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Carruthers, author