Of Spies and Spokesmen: My Life As a Cold War Correspondent by Nicholas Daniloff

By Nicholas Daniloff

During this riveting memoir, Daniloff describes the truth of journalism in the back of the Iron Curtain: how Western newshounds banded jointly to thwart Soviet propagandists, how their legit resources have been more often than not managed by way of the KGB--and how these assets could occasionally try and flip newsmen into collaborators. while Daniloff was once arrested and thrown into legal as a secret agent, the incident threatened to undo the Reykjavik summit until eventually an answer was once labored out. Daniloff additionally tells how the inside track media performed an important position in resolving the Cuban Missile hindrance, recollects the emotional influence of the JFK assassination on Soviet management, and describes the behind-the-scenes struggles that catapulted Mikhail Gorbachev to strength.

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My father had stretched a pink ribbon across the lower left corner of the picture. Turning it over, I found a paper square, about four inches on a side, pasted to the back of the frame. I scraped it free with a knife and found that my father had recorded Mother’s last words, spoken between five in the afternoon on April 15 and two o’clock the next morning: “Turn on the light,” she had said. ” No further explanation. I can only guess that this had to do with my father’s obsession with horseback riding.

During the Second World War, I began growing closer to Baboota. S. PT boats. What brought us together at first was my curiosity about language. We spoke French at home, and occasionally I heard Baboota conversing in Russian, a language that seemed totally meaningless to me. In the evenings, like so many families across America, we gathered around the radio to hear Edward R. Murrow report the war from London and to listen to such children’s programs as Captain Midnight and The Shadow. Occasionally, when excerpts of Adolf Hitler’s rantings were broadcast, my father would interpret into English.

I would occasionally put on a Brooks Brothers tweed suit with waistcoat when he visited. He clearly hoped I would find a well-connected debutante for a wife. The necessity of finding a job, much less a spouse, struck with full force during my senior year. ” Harvard was not about entering the labor force; it was 21 010 c1-6 (1-51) 1/9/08 12:35 PM 22 Page 22 Of Spies and Spokesmen about the life of the mind. To be a “success” at Harvard meant graduating with an honors degree. The higher the honors—cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude—the more you would be a success, or at least that was what I thought.

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