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A complex fate : William L. Shirer and the American century

Author: Ken Cuthbertson
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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William Shirer (1904-1993), a star foreign correspondent with the Chicago Tribune in the 1920s and '30s, was a prominent member of what one contemporary observer described as an extraordinary band of American journalists, "some with the Midwest hayseed still in their hair," who gave their North American audiences a visceral sense of how Europe was spiralling into chaos and war. In 1937, Shirer left print journalism  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Narrative non-fiction
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Cuthbertson, Ken.
Complex fate.:
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015
(CaOONL)20149084730
Named Person: William L Shirer; William L Shirer; William L Shirer; William L Shirer; William L Shirer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Cuthbertson
ISBN: 9780773545441 0773545441
OCLC Number: 895338554
Description: xii, [16], 548 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Morley Safer --
Midwestern beginnings --
Cedar Rapids --
More questions than answers --
Paris --
The world's dizziest newspaper --
Gabardine trenchcoats and late-night trains --
Vienna : a capital without a nation --
"Shirer fly India" --
Mahatma Gandhi --
Termination --
From Paris to Berlin --
The nightmare years --
A change of direction --
An unlikely duo --
Return to Vienna --
"We now take you to London ..." --
Radio news comes of age --
The gathering clouds of war --
A Pandora's box of horrors --
War on the Western Front --
Hitler ascendant --
Auf wiedersehen, Berlin --
Berlin diary --
The price of fame --
Change and confusion --
The banality of evil --
Changing times --
Tides of intolerance --
"Pride ruined the angels" --
Signing off at CBS --
"May his voice be heard again" --
Blacklisted --
End of an affair --
A book for the ages --
"The transientness of our existence" --
An ending and a new beginning --
Memoirs --
A twenty-year-old mind in an eighty-year-old body --
Tenacious to the end --
The final act.
Responsibility: Ken Cuthbertson.

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The first biography of one of the most provocative and influential American journalists and historians of the twentieth century.  Read more...

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