Bernstein, Adam. "Melvin J. Lasky, 84; Outspoken Anti-Communist." Washington Post, 27 May 2004, B7. []

Melvin J. Lasky, 84, died on 19 May 2004 at his home in Berlin. In 1948, Lasky "co-founded Der Monat (The Month), a Berlin-based magazine funded by the Ford Foundation and CIA funds.... With Soviet influence proliferating in Europe, Mr. Lasky, Arthur Koestler and Ignazio Silone, among other leading writers, began the Congress for Cultural Freedom. The group sponsored anti-Communist conferences and magazines.

"In 1958, Mr. Lasky joined Encounter, which had been started five years earlier by his friend Irving Kristol.... In the late 1960s, newspapers reported that the CIA had helped financially sustain Encounter.... A few years later, he told an interviewer that he had no qualms about CIA support. 'Well, who's gonna give the money?' he said. 'The little old lady wearing sneakers from Dubuque, Iowa? Will she give you a million dollars? Well, I mean, pipe dreams! Where will the money come from?'"


Bernstein, Adam. "To Your Stealth: Honoring the OSS." Washington Post, 30 Jun. 2003, C1. []

Charles Pinck's father, Dan, spent 18 months in China for the OSS. Today, the son is president of the OSS Society, which celebrates the achievements of that organization.


Bernstein, Barton J.

1. "Commentary: Reconsidering Khrushchev's Gambit -- Defending the Soviet Union and Cuba." Diplomatic History 14, no. 2 (1990): 231-239. [Petersen]

2. "The Week We Almost Went to War." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 32 (Feb. 1976): 13-21. [Petersen]

Bernstein, Barton J.

1. "A Postwar Myth: 500,000 U.S. Lives Saved." Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Jun.-Jul. 1986, 38-40.

2. "Roosevelt, Truman and the Atomic Bomb, 1941-1945: A Re-Interpretation." Political Science Quarterly (1985).


Bernstein, Barton J. "The Week We Went to War: American Intervention in the Korean Civil War." Foreign Service Journal 54, no. 1 (1977): 6-9, 33-35; and 54, no. 2 (1977): 8-11, 33-34.

Petersen: "Contends that the United States misread Soviet and Chinese intentions and should not have fought in Korea."


Bernstein, Carl, and Marco Politi. His Holiness: Pope John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Clark comment: Although this story of Karol Wojtyla -- Pope John Paul II -- covers more than the Cold War, the "hidden history" in the title is the close cooperation and collaboration between the Pope and American intelligence. Mapother, WIR 16.1, notes that the Pope's role in the final years of the Cold War "was a unique demonstration of religious conviction, international intelligence, and political shrewdness."


Bernstein, Jeremy.

1. "The Farm Hall Transcripts: The German Scientists and the Bomb." New York Review of Books, 13 Aug. 1992, 47-53.

This article consists of an introduction by the author to the German nuclear project and an edited version -- with commentary -- of the Farm Hall transcripts for 6 and 7 August 1945, when the German scientists were first told about the U.S. atomic bomb. All indications are that the scientists reacted to the announcement with incredulity, and were quite shaken by it.

2. Hitler's Uranium Club: The Secret Recordings at Farm Hall. [US]: American Institute of Physics, 1995.

Surveillant 4.2: Here, a physicist-journalist annotates the Farm Hall tapes made over the last six months of 1945. The author concludes that "the Germans knew little about nuclear weapon technology" before the United States bombed Hiroshima. German scientists who later said they had withheld their knowledge of nuclear research from the Nazi regime are said to have been lying.

See also, Frank, Operation Epsilon: The Farm Hall Transcripts (1993).


Bernstein, Jeremy. Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2004. 2005. [pb]

Powers, NYRB 52.14 (22 Sep. 2005), calls this work "an excellent introduction" to Oppenheimer's story. The author is a "lively writer as well as a physicist."


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