The NY Times is reporting that George C. Minden passed away earlier this month.
He was responsible for the CIA-financed initiative to give books to Communists living in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
"The material ranged from dictionaries, medical texts and novels by Joyce and Nabokov to art museum catalogs and Parisian fashion magazines."
Comments were kept on individual recipients' reading taste, not for some scary government reason, but to "better serve them in the future." Minden believed that the initiative "sprinkled reality into an unnatural and ultimately irrational" system.
New book review up as well.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Foods That Make You Lose Weight (for work)