THE COMING OF THE WHIRLWIND by Constantine Brown

THE COMING OF THE WHIRLWIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Early in Brown's career as a newspaper correspondent he scooped the world with an eyewitness report of the destruction of Smyrna, and since then has never taken his eye off the world situation. After more than a decade with the Chicago Daily News e moved to the Washington Star and his column, ""This Changing World,"" was widely syndicated. Between glimpses of the horrors of the Orient Express, the eccentricities of Washington dowagers, and the strange ways of American film companies on location, he has rounded up a number of his first-hand memories of the rise of anticolonialism, he decline of Nationalist China, the Spanish Civil War and the Korean War, the original detection of subversion in the State Department, and other historical events in the midst of which he found himself. As he began to grasp what was really going on in international politics between wars, he did his best to keep his editors informed -- often to no immediate avail. His candid observations, on the strengths and railties of famous European and American statesmen and military figures of the last years, do not often correspond to prevailing contemporary evaluations. The chapters on the Roosevelt era are among the best: it is quite obvious that although he was and is politically and philosophically on the opposite side of the fence, he was powerfully impressed by Roosevelt's personal magnetism. With Drew Pearson, Brown co-authored The American Diplomatic Game.

Publisher: Regnery