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Stalin's Apologist: Walter Duranty: The New York Times's Man in Moscow

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Short, unattractive, hobbling about Stalin's Moscow on a wooden leg, Walter Duranty was an unlikely candidate for the world's most famous foreign correspondent. Yet for almost twenty years his articles filled the front page of The New York Times with gripping coverage of the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. A witty, engaging, impish character with a flamboyant life-sty...more
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Published March 29th 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA
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BirdBrian
Portrait of the world's least-investigative journalist.
Soviet political prisoners aboard train
"...Must all of them and their families be physically abolished? Of course not. They must be 'liquidated' or melted in the hot fire of exile and labor into the proletarian masses."

That's a reporter's commentary on recently-convicted political prisoners in Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. He made these observations without sarcasm as the prisoners, convicted on the basis of hearsay evidence, were forced aboard a train which would take them to la...more
Michael Connolly
About the Author: Sally J. Taylor is an American writer living in London who has written several historical and biographical books on the British press.
Overview: Duranty believed that to be an objective reporter, he must not make moral judgements. But not only did Duranty fail to denounce Stalin’s crimes, he even helped cover them up. Duranty excused Stalin’s excesses by repeating the saying of the French Revolution figure Robespierre that you cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs. Duranty...more
Steve Satterwhite
For any idiot who chooses to believe in the innate truthfulness of journalists, this biography of a celebrated NYT reporter should challenge those beliefs.
Flor De
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Recommended to Flor by: my social studies professor
When you read this book, you understand why the New York Times is headed downhill. The premise at that time was that even if Duranty lied about Stalin's crimes, the famine in The Soviet Union and everything else, the proximity to the Dictator was more important to the NYT. That's exactly how they have covered Cuba and that is exactly why they have lost readers and credibility. It's a great book and gives great insight into those who preach journalist objectivity, demand it from others and don't...more
Danny Jacob
Amazing how a Pulitzer prize winning journalist watched while stalin starved millions and basically shrugged it off. And took lodging and favors from the soviet government and told socialists in America what they wanted to hear.

Karen
The book is probably good but I wasn't interested in the entire story of this person's life. I just wanted to read about the Stalin's apologist part of it.
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