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Stalin's apologist : Walter Duranty, the New York times's man in Moscow

Author: S J Taylor
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
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Stalin's Apologist deftly unfolds the story of this accomplished but sordid and tragic life. Drawing on sources ranging from newspapers to private letters and journals to interviews with such figures as William Shirer and W. Averell Harriman, Taylor's vivid narrative unveils a figure driven by ambition, whose early success reporting on Bolshevik Russia--he was foremost in predicting Stalin's rise to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Taylor, S. J. (Sally J.)
Stalin's apologist.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990
(OCoLC)608575587
Named Person: Walter Duranty; Walter Duranty
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S J Taylor
ISBN: 0195057007 9780195057003
OCLC Number: 20012349
Description: 404 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Liars go to hell --
Maggots upon an apple --
For you but not for me --
A sea of blood --
A mad hatter's tea party --
"Luck broke my way" --
A Roman Saturnalia --
The mysterious fatalism of the slav --
Applied Stalinism --
Dizzy with success --
A blanket of silence --
The "famine" is mostly bunk --
The maters of euphemism --
Getting away with it.
Responsibility: S.J. Taylor.
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Stalin's Apologist deftly unfolds the story of this accomplished but sordid and tragic life. Drawing on sources ranging from newspapers to private letters and journals to interviews with such figures as William Shirer and W. Averell Harriman, Taylor's vivid narrative unveils a figure driven by ambition, whose early success reporting on Bolshevik Russia--he was foremost in predicting Stalin's rise to power--established his international reputation, fed his overconfident contempt for his colleagues, and indeed led him to identify with the Soviet dictator. Taylor brilliantly captures the full range of Duranty's astonishing life, from his participation in the Satanic orgies of Aleister ("the Beast") Crowley, to his dramatic front-line reporting during World War I, to his epic womanizing and heavy drug and alcohol abuse. It is the bitter, ironic story of a man who had the rare opportunity to bring to light the suffering of the millions of Stalin's victims, but remained a prisoner of vanity, self-indulgence, and success.

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