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Readex Announces Digital Edition of Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941-1974

Open source intelligence gathered across the globe spans World War II, the Cold War and the escalating conflicts in Asia

JANUARY 19, 2009 (NAPLES, FL) – In 2009, Readex will begin providing online access to Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports published between 1941 and 1974. To be full-text searchable for the first time, FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974 will offer online access to international news and broadcasts from around the world on topics ranging from the Axis alliance and colonialism in Africa to the new Islamic countries of the Middle East and the Vietnam War.

As the United States' principal record of political and historical open source intelligence, FBIS Daily Reports offer researchers at all levels valuable insight into decades of turbulent international politics and world history. Many of these FBIS translations of foreign broadcasts and firsthand accounts may be all that remain from what vanished into the airways or onto the classified recording disks of various national intelligence services.

"Featuring intercepted broadcasts from independent media organs, translated reports of clandestine anti-government groups from hundreds of countries worldwide and official propaganda, these Daily Reports provide a written record of what we knew and when we knew it, as well as background on the issues and events that preceded today’s crises,” says August A. Imholtz, Readex Vice President for Government Documents. "Scholars and students will discover national and occasionally local perspectives on how foreign countries and their leaders were seen during that time and how we, the United States and the West, were also seen.”

FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974 will include English-language, full-text broadcasts and news transcripts—translated as needed—from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, China, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Soviet Union. Scheduled for initial release in fall 2009, FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974 will serve as an essential complement to Readex’s acclaimed FBIS Daily Reports, 1974-1996.

This unique open source intelligence archive, available exclusively from Readex, will also offer international views on such figures as Salvador Allende, Fidel Castro, Winston Churchill, Ngo Dinh Diem, Francois Duvalier, Mohandas Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ruhollah Khomeini, Nelson Mandela, Imre Nagy, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Chaim Weizmann and many others.

About Readex, a division of NewsBank
For more than 50 years, the Readex name has been synonymous with research in historical materials and government documents. Recognized by librarians, students and scholars for its efforts to transform academic scholarship, Readex offers a wealth of Web-based collections in the humanities and social sciences, including the Archive of Americana and the Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports.

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For more information, contact Readex Marketing Director David Loiterstein by calling 1.203.421.0152 or emailing

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