By Cheryl Heckler
Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of foreign Communism. His task writing propaganda ended in an unintentional occupation 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 begun his journalism profession reporting at the Russo-Finnish battle in 1939 and was once the Christian technological know-how visual display unit s first guy within the box to hide battling in global battle II. He mentioned at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and extraordinary 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 mild on either the general public and the non-public Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and conditions with a ability that newshounds this day may good emulate.
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Kaganovich’s primary practical achievement while Moscow party secretary was construction of the first line of the Moscow Metro (underground) by the open-cut method. Hundreds of tons of excavated earth were dumped in the churchyard of the Danilov Monastery, where many leading scholars and writers were buried, including the famed author Nikolai Gogol. ” 6. Edmund Stevens, memoirs, 21–22, 33–39. 7. Tim Rees and Andrew Thorpe, International Communism and the Communist International, 1919–1943, 1. 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM Page 36 36 An Accidental Journalist The Russian example was to serve as the obligatory model for foreign Communists both before and after the conquest of power in their own lands.
Without question, his roles as war reporter and Russian correspondent were his strongest. His later role as a “writer of memoirs,” however, was mixed. The four hundred pages he left behind reveal more potential than success in terms 005 intro (1-26) 24 9/18/07 5:58 PM Page 24 An Accidental Journalist of producing a fully developed and polished text. Some of his accounts are richly written, especially his travelogue description of the land and the people he met in the most remote spots on the planet.
It is all one war. The Russians, who have long insisted on the indivisibility of war and have shown considerable realism in their strategy, are fairly certain to appreciate where their interests lie in the Far East. Within the last few days Great Britain, in response to Russian pressure, declared war on Finland, Hungary, and Rumania, on the grounds that those countries were fighting Britain’s ally. 36 When he returned to the front lines in the spring of 1942, Stevens’s reporting did reflect pride in the American contribution to the British victory against the Germans in North Africa.
An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-1945 by Cheryl Heckler