Fighting Words: The Bold American Journalists Who Brought the World Home Between the Wars

Fighting Words: The Bold American Journalists Who Brought the World Home Between the Wars

by Nancy F. Cott


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From a Harvard historian, this riveting portrait of four trailblazing American journalists highlights the power of the press in the interwar period.

In the fragile peace following the Great War, a surprising number of restless young Americans abandoned their homes and set out impulsively to see the changing world. In Fighting Words, Nancy F. Cott follows four who pursued global news — from contested Palestine to revolutionary China, from Stalin's Moscow to Hitler's Berlin. As foreign correspondents, they became players in international politics and shaped Americans' awareness of critical interwar crises, the spreading menace of European fascism, and the likelihood of a new war — while living romantic and sexual lives as modern and as hazardous as their journalism.

An indelible portrayal of a tumultuous era with resonance for our own, Fighting Words is essential reading on the power of the press and the growth of an American sense of international responsibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541699335
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 779,958
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Nancy F. Cott is a professor of American history at Harvard University and the former director of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is the author of six previous books, including Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Original Rover Boy 7

Chapter 2 Blue-Eyed Tornado 33

Chapter 3 Luckiest Young Upstart 61

Chapter 4 The Freest Man on Any Newspaper 85

Chapter 5 With Her Whole Heart 111

Chapter 6 Moscow Passage 145

Chapter 7 Shadows over Europe 169

Chapter 8 Two Big Books 197

Chapter 9 Antifascism Loud and Clear 229

Chapter 10 War Outside and War Inside 265

Chapter 11 The Age of Adjustment 297

Coda 321

Acknowledgments 327

Permissions 331

Abbreviations Used in Notes 333

Notes 335

Locations of Archives Cited in Notes 387

Index 389

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