Three American journalists are thrust into a bewildering situation when they're hired by a TV newsmagazine produced in Europe for broadcast on PBS. They encounter a wealth of adventures as they roam the Continent covering news behind the headlines as well as colorful features -- stories dealing with everything from D Day and terrorism to Sherlock Holmes and Vincent van Gogh. The book deals with everyday life too -- what it's like to actually live in Europe -- and it's packed with Euro-facts not found in guide books.
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Walt Christophersen had the good fortune to land a plum of a job with the German television magazine European Journal. In his book, "A Temporary European," he takes us along in his reporting on a wonderful ride that gives so much insight to Europe. He puts the reader in the place of history, from his coverage outside the jail of the last Nazi to the killing fields of World War II around Hamburg where munitions were still being dug up. He traveled far and wide chasing the best stories, from the shores of France and D-Day commemorations all the way to Iceland where he sampled his first taste of whale steak. An added plus, he shares his knowlege of what it is to cope with Europe -- from importing his dog to renting a place where the previous tenants according to custom took everything including the kitchen sink. He skillfully weaves in the politics behind the German program, Deutsche Welle, and later takes a hard look at the machinations behind a U.S.-run agency, Radio Free Europe. His style throughout is easily readable, the crisp writing of a former television news writer.
I would recommend this book to anyone, it has a little something for the light reader, a traveler, someone looking for entertainment or enlightment. It's easy to read, funny, serious, and educational. I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for more from this author.