Edwards, a reporter who has worked in some 100 countries, here traces the achievements of women journalists who have covered world news: Margaret Fuller's New York Herald dispatches in 1848 from revolutionary Rome; Louise Bryant in Moscow during World War I; Dorothy Thompson and Anne O'Hare McCormick in Europe in the 1920s; photographer Margaret Bourke-White's daring exploits in World War II; ``Maggie'' Higgins in Korea and others. Military rules and the rigid attitudes of male officers were especially galling to media women during the 1944 liberation of Europe, Edwards notes, but through ingenuity (and actually helped at times by being ousted from a combat zone to a wire-equipped base area) they were able to claim newsbeats during such operations as the D-day landings, the Rhine crossings and the linkup of U.S. and Soviet troops on the Elbe River. The book handily combines exciting adventure stories with a feminist statement. (June)
Edwards, a respected foreign correspondent, profiles the adventuresome, daredevil women who have plied her trade, from Margaret Fuller, hired by Horace Greeley in 1846, to Georgie Anne Geyer, now writing a syndicated foreign affairs column. ``Tis an evil lot, to have a man's ambition and a woman's heart,'' Fuller wrote, and Edwards chronicles how these courageous womensome truly eccentric, and most considered so by their families, peers, and male counterpartsstruggled with the sexual stereotypes of the day. Edwards tells the dramatic stories of writers, photographers, and broadcastersMargaret Bourke-White, Dorothy Thompson, Marguerite Higgins, Martha Gellhornand other lesser-known but fascinating women. Barbara Belford's Brilliant Bylines ( LJ 8/86) included many, but Edwards is first to focus solely on women foreign correspondents. An exciting look at history and journalism.Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svces., Wondervu, Col.