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

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 unintended 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 struggle in 1939 and was once the Christian technology computer screen s first guy within the box to hide combating in global battle II. He suggested 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 personal Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and conditions with a ability that newshounds this present day may good emulate.

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With her aid, I retrieved my luggage and found a porter who loaded it into a droshki, one of the horse-drawn cabs that still served as the chief means of hired locomotion, given the lack of taxis. I was quickly learning how to pay my way with cigarettes. My guide accompanied me to the cavernous Hotel Metropol, which, along with the National and Savoy, were the three principal hotels, all prerevolution. In the early thirties Moscow was a long way from becoming today’s bulging metropolis. It then had barely three million residents, and at that time generations born and bred under the old regime still comprised a fair share of the adult population.

During the Spanish Civil War, when the city kept changing hands, her father narrowly escaped being shot when the Reds mistook his teacher’s uniform for that of a Tsarist officer. Nina had fine-spun blonde hair, blue-green eyes, rosy cheeks, and clear skin, with just a suggestion of Tatar in her cheekbones. Fresh out of secondary school at sweet seventeen, she was sent to run the school in a Cossack village near Orenburg. She soon won the villagers’ respect. During the compulsory collectivization drive, she helped the women set up vegetable gardens and earn some cash.

One day he entered the room to find her rifling through his address book: Nastia had come to work for us back in 1946 as an apple-cheeked peasant girl fresh from the village. After one year, during which my wife trained her as a tolerable housemaid, she left to marry a policeman. We next heard from her last spring, when she called up and asked for her job back. Since nobody wanted to work for Americans and servants were hard to get, my wife agreed to take her on. With that address book incident, we realized that Nastia, no longer the apple-cheeked peasant girl, had been assigned to us.

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