Monday, January 29, 2001

CNN's Cold War Documentary: Issue and Controversy, edited by Hoover Institution fellow Arnold Beichman and published by the Hoover Institution Press, has been nominated for the 2001 Cable Center Book Award.

The award is sponsored by the National Cable Television Center and Museum, Denver, Colorado, and honors books that make a significant contribution to the knowledge base of the cable telecommunication industry.

CNN's Cold War Documentary is a collection of important articles, commentaries, and reviews about the twenty-four-part television series on the cold war that was shown on CNN. It presents a critical and incisive examination of the opinions and conclusions portrayed in the series.

Published in February 2000, the book includes original essays by Hoover fellows Robert Conquest and John Lewis Gaddis and Harvard historian Richard Pipes. It reprints pro and con essays, including a defense of the series by Sir Jeremy Isaacs and others who were intimately involved with the production of the television series and the published book, Cold War.

Editor-contributor Arnold Beichman is a political scientist, writer, and former journalist, and has been affiliated with the Hoover Institution since 1982. He is an expert in international relations and is currently researching political events in the former Soviet Union as well as developing a biography of former vice president Henry A. Wallace.

Beichman is the author of five books: The Other State Department, Herman Wouk: The Novelist as Social Historian, Yuri Andropov: New Challenge to the West (coauthored), Nine Lies about America, with a foreword by Tom Wolfe, and The Long Pretense: Soviet Treaty Diplomacy, 1917&3150;1990, with a foreword by William F. Buckley. Nine Lies about America was republished in 1995 with a new introduction under the title Anti-American Myths: Their Causes and Consequences (Transaction, 1995).

He is a regular columnist for the Washington Times, and his articles are published in numerous newspapers across the United States and Canada.

Complimentary copies of the book were distributed to every school district in the United States for possible classroom use.

The winner of the Cable Center Book Award will be announced at the opening luncheon of the academic seminar of the 2001 National Cable Television Association convention in Chicago in June.

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  • Providing education, training, and research covering all aspects of cable telecommunications
  • Increasing understanding of communications in the global environment
  • Conserving and displaying the history of cable telecommunications, especially that of its legendary pioneers

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