By Cheryl Heckler
Idealistic American Edmund Stevens arrived in Moscow in 1934 to do his half for the development of foreign Communism. His activity writing propaganda ended in an unintended profession in journalism and an eventual Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for his uncensored descriptions of Stalin s purges. The longest-serving American-born correspondent operating from in the Soviet Union, Stevens started his journalism occupation reporting at the Russo-Finnish conflict in 1939 and was once the Christian technological know-how video display s first guy within the box to hide scuffling with in global struggle II. He stated at the Italian invasion of Greece, participated in Churchill s Moscow assembly with Stalin as a employees translator, and wonderful himself as a correspondent with the British military in North Africa. Drawing on Stevens s memoirs in addition to his articles and correspondence, Heckler sheds new gentle on either the general public and the personal Stevens, portraying a reporter adapting to new roles and conditions with a ability that newshounds this present day may possibly good emulate.
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He wrote as one trying to explain to his readers the unfolding revolution in one particular region and the impact that revolution had on both the common citizen of its country as well as the leadership and economic, social, and political structure. Along with his professional skill and ambition, Edmund Stevens also was a conflicted man: at times charming but ultimately self-centered; a distant, analytical journalist and yet a man who was remarkably sentimental with his own children; a husband with many dalliances around the world and yet one who proclaimed in florid prose absolute devotion to his Nina; one accustomed to monetary comfort and yet seemingly unable to save a penny for his own future.
He wrote about the relationship between allied European countries and about the need for greater American aid through troop involvement and fighting equipment. He lamented the loss of independence as country after country fell to Germany and Russia. Clearly sympathetic to the victims of Axis oppression, Stevens’s articles relating to military invasions between 1939 and 1945 reveal specific attitudes of a Russophile and Eurocentrist: the Russian soldiers who invaded Finland in 1939 were cannon fodder for Stalin’s military machinery; the Finnish soldiers—and Greek soldiers one year later— were brave, resourceful, outnumbered, determined, and effective, even though they eventually lost.
In 1956, the Stevens family returned to Moscow, and Stevens began writing for the world’s top publications, including Time, Life, Newsday, the Saturday Evening Post, the Times of London, the Sunday Times, and the Evening News of London. Stevens began writing his memoirs in the 1980s and confided in a friend at the Monitor office in Boston that he wanted them to be a kind of obituary for Lenin’s empire. He produced nearly four hundred pages of text but was not able to see it through to publication.
An Accidental Journalist: The Adventures of Edmund Stevens, 1934-1945 by Cheryl Heckler