Humble and essentially honest memoirs revealing an acute sense of history and the best in the journalist tradition. A N. Y....

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THE EDUCATION OF A CORRESPONDENT

Humble and essentially honest memoirs revealing an acute sense of history and the best in the journalist tradition. A N. Y. Times correspondent in personal, digressive hindsight reviews ten years, dating from his early, impressionable pro-Fascist days of the Abyssinian war. Matthews concedes hi shortcomings, as a wrong guesser who chose the unpopular side, and traces his painful political and military education, as he reports Italian victories in Abyssinia, undue optimism from Spain, etc. The Fruits of Fascism covered the expansionist wars of the `30's. This deals largely with his report on India, another phase of totalitarian imperialism. He discusses. India's Gordian knot, with Britain exploiting communal dissension - -with totalitarianism as a weapon and Communism as a hope. From India Matthews went to Italy to report the campaigns from `42 on- he discusses the waste, the failures at democratization, Russia's let-down of the Spanish Republicans. And he sees the ideology of totalitarianism still firmly rooted in European thought.

Pub Date: June 10, 1946

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1946