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The only woman in the room : a memoir

Author: Beate Gordon
Publisher: Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A vivid and very personal account of one woman's life in Europe, prewar Japan, and the United States. As the daughter of renowned Russian pianist Leo Sirota, Beate Gordon grew up in the cosmopolitan world of the concert tour, then settled in Japan in the 1930s. During World War II, while her parents remained in Japan under secret service surveillance, Gordon lived alone in the United States, monitoring Tokyo Radio  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gordon, Beate.
Only woman in the room.
Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha, 1997
(OCoLC)654957532
Named Person: Beate Gordon; Beate Gordon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beate Gordon
ISBN: 4770021453 9784770021458
OCLC Number: 38588852
Description: 171 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Homecoming --
Vienna, my birthplace --
The house in Nogizaka --
In wartime America --
The equal rights clause --
Career and family --
East and west.
Responsibility: Beate Sirota Gordon.

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A vivid and very personal account of one woman's life in Europe, prewar Japan, and the United States. As the daughter of renowned Russian pianist Leo Sirota, Beate Gordon grew up in the cosmopolitan world of the concert tour, then settled in Japan in the 1930s. During World War II, while her parents remained in Japan under secret service surveillance, Gordon lived alone in the United States, monitoring Tokyo Radio in five languages for the government and later writing radio propaganda. She recounts her dramatic reunion with her parents in Tokyo, where she worked in General MacArthur's headquarters, and evokes the postwar suffering in defeated Japan. Her intimate description of helping draft the women's rights section of Japan's new constitution is an astonishing record of history in the making. On returning to the States in 1947, Mrs. Gordon became a cultural impresario, bringing artists, dancers, writers, and musicians from all over to the United States. Her adventures in search of performing artists in such remote and exotic places as Mongolia, Tibet, India, and Indonesia make for hilarious and sometimes hair-raising anecdotes.

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