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The Red Millionaire : A Political Biography of Willy Münzenberg, Moscow's Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West.

Author/Creator:
McMeekin, Sean.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2003.
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1 online resource (410 pages)
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Subjects:
Münzenberg, Willi.
Communists -- Germany -- Biography.
Propaganda, Communist -- History.
Communism -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Communism -- Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Willy MÜnzenberg-an Old Bolshevik who was also a self-promoting tycoon-became one of the most influential Communist operatives in Europe between the World Wars. He created a variety of front groups that recruited well-known political and cultural figures to work on behalf of the Soviet Union and its causes, and he ran an international media empire that churned out enormous amounts of propaganda and raised money for Communist concerns. Sean McMeekin tells MÜnzenberg's extraordinary story, arguing persuasively that his financial chicanery and cynical propaganda efforts weakened the non-Communist left, enraged the right, and helped feed a cycle that culminated in Nazism. Drawing extensively on recently opened Moscow archives, McMeekin describes how MÜnzenberg parlayed his friendship with Lenin into a personal fortune and how MÜnzenberg's mysterious financial manipulations outraged Social Democrats and lent rhetorical ammunition to the Nazis. His book sheds new light on Comintern finances, propaganda strategy, the use of front organizations to infiltrate non-Communist circles, and the breakdown of democracy in the Weimar Republic. It is also an engrossing tale of a Communist con man whose name once aroused fear, loathing, and admiration around the world.
Contents:
Intro
CONTENTS
Note on Transliteration and Translations
List of Initials of Organizations and Publications
Introduction: Who in the World Is Willi Münzenberg?
PART 1. A Call to Arms
1. Erfurt
2. Zurich
3. Stuttgart
4. Berlin
5. Moscow
PART 2. The Red Millionaire
6. Selling the Famine
7. Building Socialism
8. Germany Red or Black
9. Follow the Money
10. Hollywood East
11. Preempting the Peace
12. The Red Millionaire
13. Tango with the Devil
PART 3. Flight
14. The Fire This Time
15. Reckoning
16. A Paris Exile
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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Print version: McMeekin, Sean The Red Millionaire
ISBN:
9780300130096
9780300098471
OCLC:
923589078