DECADE IN EUROPE by Barrett McGurn


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Now the Rome Bureau Chief for the N.Y. Herald-Tribune, Barrett McGurn was for ten post-war years his paper's European foreign correspondent. With insight, this very human, extremely readable book chronicles those ten eventful years. Mr. McGurn did not hunt the immediately news-worthy facts so much as he hunted for the people who made the news; he tried to understand the larger world trends and crises by first getting to know the people behind them:- the world leaders and the little people they led. His method is eminently successful, and we learn much about the Tunisian Nationalists, Nasser's surge to power, the Hungarian Revolution, the fall of the Fourth French Republic, the ways of the Vatican, and the effects of communist control on everyday life. This day to day approach shows us more of what it is like to live in Europe than most on-the-spot tourists ever see. For Mr. McGurn's forte is his compassionate concern and understanding of Europe and her peoples; he makes the reader feel as strongly as he does. Worthwhile, intelligent, timely and oftentimes deeply moving, Decade in Europe is more than an inside-the-country book; it is an inside-the-people look.

Pub Date: May 18th, 1959
Publisher: Dutton