By Cheryl Heckler
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 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 occupation reporting at the Russo-Finnish struggle in 1939 and was once the Christian technological know-how display screen s first guy within the box to hide battling in global conflict II. He suggested at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and distinct 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 personal Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and conditions with a ability that newshounds this present day may possibly good emulate.
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Extra info for An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-1945
Throughout this transitional period, political power was entirely retained by the firm Communist hold on the commanding heights. Within these confines, after the austerity of the 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM The Early Years in Moscow Page 33 33 “wartime Communism,” daily life largely reverted to bourgeois ways. Trade flourished, private businessmen (NEP-men) prospered, and many foreign concessions did well. The classic example was that of American Armand Hammer and his two brothers, Harry and Victor.
He also razed most of the medieval wall around the old city and uprooted the tall trees and lush greenery in what is wistfully called “Sadovoye Koltso” (Garden Circle), which once ringed the Moscow city limits. His aim was to command an unobstructed field of vision and free passage for armored tanks in case of war. The early seventeenth century Kazan Cathedral at the north entrance to Red Square had been completely renovated by 1930. Kaganovich demolished it two years later. And the site was used for a wooden monument to the Third International.
It also examines his time back in the United States throughout 1945 as he worked on his book, Russia Is No Riddle, and analyzed the final battles of World War II. 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM Page 27 Part 1 An American in Russia 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM Page 28 010 p1c1 (27-44) 9/18/07 5:59 PM Page 29 1 The Early Years in Moscow In early 1934, Russia was caught up in an ongoing, frenetic, and desperate transformation. Seventeen years had passed since Vladimir Lenin and his followers had claimed victory in the Russian Civil War, established the world’s first Communist state, and suppressed all significant rebellions against the Bolshevik party.