Revealing the Parameters of Opinion: An Interview with Frances Stonor Saunders W. Scott Lucas
In 1999 Frances Stonor Saunders published Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War (London: Granta); in the United States the book was called The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters (New York: New Press). The book received much attention from the media and from academics. On 17 January 2002, Scott Lucas, author of Freedom's War: The US Crusade against the Soviet Union, 1945-56 (New York 1999) interviewed Frances Saunders about the methods of the CIA, the role of intellectuals in the political and cultural battles of the Cold War, the question of their autonomy, the need for financial support of cultural activities in the early and advanced stages of the Cold War, and the debate about the principles of intellectuals. In the second part of the interview Saunders talks about her research methods, the responses to and reception of her book in various parts of the Western world, the effects of the revelations of CIA funding, and contemporary parallels regarding (American) culture and international politics.