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Peter Finn talks about the publishing history of Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago." The manuscript of the book, which was banned in the Soviet Union because of its critical depiction of the 1917 Revolution, was smuggled out of the country in 1956 and published widely around the world. The CIA, recognizing the ideological value of the book, published a Russian-language version and smuggled it back into the Soviet Union, where it was sold on the black market and became an underground hit. This event was hosted by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers in McLean, Virginia.