Come the Revolution: A Memoir

Overview

A rollicking tale of chain-smoking newspapermen, union leaders, revolutionaries, crooked cops, corrupt politicians, spies, dictators, and ordinary working people, this is the memoir of political journalist Alex Mitchell, who worked on several newspapers around Australia before landing in Fleet Street in the 1960s. Full of vivid anecdotes about the lives of an extraordinary range of people—including Yasser Arafat, Muammar Gadafi, Saddam Hussein, and Vanessa Redgrave—this narrative demonstrates how Mitchell's ...

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Overview

A rollicking tale of chain-smoking newspapermen, union leaders, revolutionaries, crooked cops, corrupt politicians, spies, dictators, and ordinary working people, this is the memoir of political journalist Alex Mitchell, who worked on several newspapers around Australia before landing in Fleet Street in the 1960s. Full of vivid anecdotes about the lives of an extraordinary range of people—including Yasser Arafat, Muammar Gadafi, Saddam Hussein, and Vanessa Redgrave—this narrative demonstrates how Mitchell's Sunday Times investigative team exposed Soviet double agent Kim Philby and how the journalist became a full-time political activist. Laying bare his life and loves as well as his past and politics with the flair of a born storyteller, Mitchell is unafraid to ask the hard questions about the world or about himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742233079
  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's note vii

Acknowledgements viii

Prologue xi

Part One

1 A cadet on the Townsville Bulletin 3

2 Going outback: The Mount Isa Mail 24

3 On Murdoch's Sydney paper 45

4 View from the Canberra press gallery 70

5 Waking up in swinging London 91

6 Halcyon days at the Sunday Times 107

7 Chance to be a war correspondent 119

8 Exit from Thomson House 139

9 Tales of Jerome D Hoffman 159

10 The Man Who Stole Ugands 117

Part Two

11 Introduction to Leon Trotsky 201

12 Life of the party 220

13 The revival of Trotskyism 243

14 The state within the state 260

15 Police raid on the Red House 278

16 How the GPU murdered Trotsky 297

17 Opening doors to the Arab world 322

18 High Court - high farce 353

19 Comrades Vanessa and Corin 366

20 Ambassador at large 386

21 Faith, hope and charity 407

22 The political fallout begins 422

23 Breaking the faith 437

24 The WRP implodes 450

25 Decision time 485

26 On reflection 503

Notes 518

Select bibliography 524

Index 527

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