Sitting in the Connecticut sunshine thinking back on 40 years of international reporting Times-man Middleton's world seems long gone, the future forlorn. ""I am,"" he writes, ""pessimistic."" De Gaulle's rendezvous with history turned out to be a blind date, the British are living off moral credit banked in the '40's, Soviet militarism bides its time for a weakening of Western defenses, no lasting Middle East settlement is possible, our Vietnam war ""should have been won."" One wants to ask Middleton to change his typewriter ribbon yet goes on reading with fascination about what has obviously been an exceptionally good life -- from his days as a young reporter in pre-war London of the late '30's, going on to bureau chief in Germany, Britain, France and the United States (the only New York Times correspondent to hold all four major posts), reporting on every significant event of our time, the off-the-record moments and shared cigars with the greats and the not so greats. Fast-breaking news stories remembered now with the luxury of perspective, and Middleton turns his copy into one helluva exciting book.
Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1973
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Publisher: Quadrangle--The New York Times Book Co.