Witness to a Century: Encounters with the Noted, the Notorious, and the Three SOBs (2020)

Witness to a Century Encounters with the Noted the Notorious and the Three SOBs This extraordinary book is a reminder of the sins of suppression and untruth that have been and can be committed in the name of American journalism One of the last first person statements from a gener
  • Title: Witness to a Century: Encounters with the Noted, the Notorious, and the Three SOBs
  • Author: George Seldes
  • ISBN: 9780345353290
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • This extraordinary book is a reminder of the sins of suppression and untruth that have been and can be committed in the name of American journalism One of the last first person statements from a generation that included Hitler, Nehru, and Mao and Seldes too Columbia Journalism Review
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    One Reply to “Witness to a Century: Encounters with the Noted, the Notorious, and the Three SOBs”

    1. Extraordinary Seldes saw a broad sweep of world history during his lifetime and his descriptions of some world leaders are quite memorable and revealing A great perspective on history If you like history and haven t gotten around to this yet check it out I enjoyed it very much.

    2. Every once in awhile I come across Seldes name sourced in various histories or biographies about the famous Seldes was a chronicler of much of the 20th century, truly a witness to it I don t remember a whole lot about the book, having heard it way back in the 1980s on public radio s Radio Reader show, as read by Dick Estell I do remember or less enjoying it at the time, though I found the stories a little interesting than the bland writing.

    3. A brilliant book by a great gentleman who saw some amazing things during the 20th century and is not afraid to speak the truth about them.If you want a sharp, sweeping overview of recent history, this is a great book.

    4. George Seldes is hardly a household name nowadays, and I hadn t heard of him until recently, when I saw one of this books for sale for a quarter in my public library But he is an original in the model of I.F Stone whom Seldes proceeded , and he lived the kind of life that journalists once dreamed of Paris Spain Picasso Hemingway War Peace He was one of those characters who managed to be in the right place at the right time throughout his era.

    5. This was excellent eyewitness history to some of the great events and people of the 20th Century, told by a progressive curmudgeon who told stories well Really enjoyed it.

    6. An interesting memoir of a reporter who met and interacted with all the major players in the world from 1910 to the 1980s

    7. Read this book shortly after it was first published and it has stayed with me for 25 years although not physically It is a book that got me to really pay attention to biographies and history I now have a friend who is approaching 100 and I really want to get her story recorded After reading this book all those years ago I often encourage people to pay closer attention to the stories their parents and other elders have tell and recording them for posterity and family history I regret not doing so [...]

    8. With the perspective of over 75 years observing the world, Seldes newspaper career brought him into contact with most western and some Communist and Fascist leaders during the 20th century Some of his stories are interesting than others, but he covers a lot of ground He points out some blatant falsehoods of history like the Atlantic being crossed by plane in 1919 by two Brits Having lived there, his version of the 1936 37 Spanish civil war is much different from what is taught in America and el [...]

    9. A very unusual read from a man who met and interacted with so many powerful folks from 1910 through 1980s or so Many of the people I never heard of but that only made the book interesting in respect to pointing out how little we know of history Quite a bit of coverage of the Spanish not Civil War If he is right, a little intervention would have headed off Hitler at the get go And so on Its a long book, but stuck with it This guy training his memory and it is amazing.

    10. Seldes speaks from first hand observation of nearly 100 years, 75 as a journalist He lived to be 104 The Spanish War, was a particularly hot topic He refused to call it the Spanish Civil War He took pride in being thrown out of William Jennings Bryan s hotel room, Lenin s Russia, and Mussolini s Italy He was left of center and passionate, but had no use for the Communists than he did the Fascists An entertaining read, particularly for history buffs.

    11. At the time and still to this day one of the best books I have ever read I know I have a lot of top ten, blah blah blah, but this book is truly worthy of the term great An amazing man and an amazing life.

    12. What a great book I love history told from an intimate personal perspective This book than fills the bill and is never boring.

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