Michael Dobbs

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Michael Dobbs was, almost literally, a child of the Cold War. His diplomat parents whisked him off to Russia at the age of six weeks. As a child, he lived through the Soviet invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and the construction of the Berlin wall. As a reporter for the Washington Post, he witnessed the birth of the Solidarity movement in Poland, the hope and tragedy of Tiananmen Square, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the war in the former Yugoslavia.
When he first went to Russia in 1950, Stalin was at the height of his power. When he left, in 1993, communism had collapsed and the Red Flag no longer flew over the Kremlin. How and why this happened is the story of the "Cold War trilogy"from its origins in the aftermath of World W
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Michael Dobbs Find a niche area of expertise that you can make your own. In my case, it was the Cold War, but it can be anything, from gardening to global warming.…moreFind a niche area of expertise that you can make your own. In my case, it was the Cold War, but it can be anything, from gardening to global warming. If you can make yourself an authority on a certain subject, you will automatically begin to build an audience. Beyond that, you have to find a way to attract and hold the interest of the reader. I am a writer of non-fiction, but I have paid a lot of attention to the writing techniques of novelists. These include memorable characters, vividly described places and scenes, the use of dialogue, and a plot that pulls readers in from the very beginning. This sounds obvious, but can be extraordinarily difficult to accomplish. Remember that the reader is under no obligation to buy your book, let alone to read it. You must give him or her a compelling reason to keep turning the pages.(less)
Michael Dobbs As a journalist and foreign correspondent, I witnessed one of the great stories of the 20th century: the collapse of communism. That made me…moreAs a journalist and foreign correspondent, I witnessed one of the great stories of the 20th century: the collapse of communism. That made me interested in the great turning points of history, like the beginning and end of the Cold War, or the Cuban missile crisis. At a certain point, I discovered that I preferred to write about past events, rather than current events. Even the best reporters are unable to penetrate the corridors of power in the way a historian can, once all the historical sources become available. But the motivation is essentially the same: to take the reader with me to exotic and forbidden places. I think of myself and the reader as neighboring flies on the wall, observing history unfold beneath our astonished gaze.(less)
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Picture Even for the author of six books, there is still something magical about holding the finished product in your hands for the very first time. Today, I received advance copies of my latest opus, The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between , which will be released on April 2.  I hope you will agree that the publisher, Knopf, has done an exceptional job.
 
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“The most enduring lesson of the Cuban missile crisis is that, in a world with nuclear weapons, a classic military victory is an illusion. Communism was not defeated militarily; it was defeated economically, culturally, and ideologically. Khrushchev’s successors were unable to provide their own people with a basic level of material prosperity and spiritual fulfillment. They lost the war of ideas. In the end, as I have argued in Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire, communism defeated itself.”
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“Communism was not defeated by any one individual or even a combination of individuals. In the last resort communism defeated itself.”
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“The captain of the Lowry tried a new approach. He assembled the destroyer’s jazz band on deck, and told them to play some music. Strains of Yankee Doodle floated across the ocean, followed by a boogie-woogie number. The Americans thought they could see a smile on the face of one of the sailors. They asked if there was any particular tune he would like to hear. The Soviet sailor did not respond. The”
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