MOSCOW WAR DIARY by Alexander Worth


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This should appeal to the readers of Davies' Mission to Moscow, as an authoritative, close up of Russia at war; and to critics of the earlier book, we can promise that this is more perceptive, more informative, better written than the Davies' book. Worth is half-Russian by birth, the war correspondent of London's Reuter's and of various English newspapers. He spent his time in Russia with not only fellow journalists, but with officials; his Russian inheritance, his knowledge of the language, gave him an advantage in interpreting Russian life, theatres, streets, shops, and so on. This is a day by day record, and with the incidents and conversations come reflective passages on the broader implications; there is front news, news of raids, visits of Beaverbrook, of Harry Hopkins. He went to the front with the Erskine Caldwells, with Gulcharger and the foreign press expedition, and saw something of the war in action. Well written, justifiably critical (and his comments on the American press and criticism of the American isolationist policy may alienate reviewers here). The period covered is largely that of the retreat -- June to November. There is no attempt at diplomatic news reporting. But it is a live piece of writing.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1942
Publisher: Knopf