An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, by Cheryl Heckler PDF

By Cheryl Heckler

ISBN-10: 0826217702

ISBN-13: 9780826217707

ISBN-10: 0826266134

ISBN-13: 9780826266132

Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of foreign Communism. His activity writing propaganda resulted in an unintended profession in journalism and an eventual Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for his uncensored descriptions of Stalin s purges. The longest-serving American-born correspondent operating from in the Soviet Union, Stevens all started his journalism profession reporting at the Russo-Finnish conflict in 1939 and was once the Christian technological know-how display screen s first guy within the box to hide battling in international struggle II. He pronounced at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and uncommon himself as a correspondent with the British military in North Africa. Drawing on Stevens s memoirs in addition to his articles and correspondence, Heckler sheds new gentle on either the general public and the non-public Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and situations with a ability that reporters this day may perhaps good emulate.

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Montgomery entered Tripoli, he was met by two Italian generals dressed in full military regalia; Monty, on the other hand, was wearing his battle fatigues. ’” 5. A sometimes compelling departure between Stevens’s effective, thought-provoking analysis and his almost blind devotion to the British units he covered and the generals he interviewed and raved about in his articles—Carl Mannerheim, Bernard Montgomery, Claude Auchinleck. 005 intro (1-26) 9/18/07 Introduction 5:58 PM Page 25 25 In some of these dispatches his Eurocentrism overshadows his more objective reporting.

About five years my senior, Leo volunteered to fight in Spain, and I never again heard from him. Frankly, I assume he died on some Spanish battlefield. Another friend, who probably shared his fate, was a young Englishman, Harry Scott, also a member of the English section staff in those early years. Not many of those who went to help the Spanish Republic were to survive unscathed. Most tragic was the fate of brilliant journalist Mikhail Koltsov. He covered the Spanish Civil War for Pravda. After his return in 1938, he was first honored by being elected to the RSFSR Supreme Soviet and made associate member of the Academy of Sciences.

Many Identities Stevens played an impressive variety of roles between 1934 and 1945: graduate student, Communist propagandist, husband, survivor of Stalin’s Great Purge, father, journalist, war correspondent, military strategist and combatant, Monitor deskman in Boston, veteran war correspondent covering major battles, interpreter for the British prime minister’s entourage in a special meeting at the Kremlin, analyst of the war’s global impact, author, and international traveler. Stevens was not only fluent in four languages but also adept at switching roles, perhaps another clear benefit of his strong liberal arts background, his unorthodox upbringing and early overseas travels, his profound wanderlust, and his lack of professional journalistic indoctrination.

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