Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

From left to right: Mr Alexei Surkov, the man who tried to ban the book 'Dr Zhivago'; Lord Goodman, Chairman of the Arts Council; V I Koval; and Lord Hunt, leader of the British Everest team, at the first meeting of the Anglo-Soviet committee in 1970 in Surrey. 
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From left to right: Mr Alexei Surkov, the man who tried to ban the book 'Dr Zhivago'; Lord Goodman, Chairman of the Arts Council; V I Koval; and Lord Hunt, leader of the British Everest team, at the first meeting of the Anglo-Soviet committee in 1970 in Surrey.

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Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

The dramatic and little-known story of the publication of "Dr. Zhivago" and how the epic novel about the 1917 Russian Revolution became a secret CIA weapon between East and West during the Cold War.

The dramatic and little-known story of the publication of "Dr. Zhivago" and how the epic novel about the 1917 Russian Revolution became a secret CIA weapon between East and West during the Cold War.

Guests

Peter Finn

National security editor and former Moscow bureau chief, The Washington Post.

Petra Couvee

writer and translator who teaches at St. Petersburg State University.

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Excerpted from The Zhivago Affair by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée. Copyright © 2014 by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée. Excerpted by permission of Pantheon, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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