By Nicholas Daniloff

During this riveting memoir, Daniloff describes the truth of journalism in the back of the Iron Curtain: how Western newshounds banded jointly to thwart Soviet propagandists, how their professional resources have been commonly managed through the KGB--and how these assets may occasionally try and flip newsmen into collaborators. while Daniloff was once arrested and thrown into felony as a secret agent, the incident threatened to undo the Reykjavik summit till an answer used to be labored out. Daniloff additionally tells how the scoop media performed a vital position in resolving the Cuban Missile trouble, recollects the emotional impression of the JFK assassination on Soviet management, and describes the behind-the-scenes struggles that catapulted Mikhail Gorbachev to energy.

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In Henry I sensed an appreciation of history and a determination to understand developments in Russia, where so many things were shrouded in secrecy. Henry seemed more like a college professor than a newshound, more like a researcher, a thinker, a mentor. How wonderful, I thought, to work with a man who had seen so much history firsthand. Henry was intriguing. Why would a correspondent spend more than a quarter century in the Soviet capital, particularly during the malevolence of the Cold War? Was it simply because he was a Soviet expert with a Russian wife?

The notion that God was not going to be of help had been gaining ground since the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche. It seemed completely plausible to me that there was no Creator, no guiding force, no self-evident morality provided by God. Could it be that the American Declaration of Independence, with its stress on inalienable rights bestowed by man’s Creator, was founded on a false premise? According to the existentialists, it was up to man to make the best of a disorderly, Godless world. Impressed, I wrote directly to Camus for further explanations and, to my surprise, received a kindly answer with minor elucidations.

I was speechless. But beginning that afternoon, I developed difficulty opening a stream under scrutiny. It crossed my mind that this drawback might be a handicap on a storm-tossed destroyer in the North Atlantic. Still, I was willing to play out the line to the end. There was more bad news. Since my teenage years in France, I suffered from unstable blood pressure. In times of stress, my BP rises above normal levels and then gradually falls back. Talking with your boss about your future or having your blood pressure taken are stressful situations.

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