THE INCONVENIENT JOURNALIST
The Inconvenient Journalist is a beautifully written memoir that is part John le Carre thriller, part love story, part Cold War history.
The Inconvenient Journalist revolves around a frigid February Moscow night in 1984 when Dusko Doder, the Washington Post bureau chief, reported signs Soviet leader Yuri Andropov had died. US intelligence agencies, told of this by Post editors, scoffed that “Doder must be smoking pot.” But he was correct. The Post and other world media ran stories questioning how the multibillion-dollar US spy agencies had missed the signs picked up by a lone reporter. Doder's aggressive reporting from Moscow also often proved more accurate than that of US intelligence.
Cold War-style revenge came years later, in the shape of a false story cleverly insinuated into Time magazine, suggesting Doder had been coopted by the KGB. A Who’s Who of American journalism protested to Time and Doder sued Time in court. He eventually won damages and an apology and exposed the details and intelligence-linked sources of the smear. But the personal cost was high.
With more journalists than ever under attack today, The Inconvenient Journalist is a timely cautionary tale.
This probing biography, written by two veteran Moscow correspondents, illuminates the life of Mikhail Gorbachev in a way which penetrates both the character of the man, and that of the nation he sought to reform.
"...Convey(s) a sense of excitement attending the most intriguing political drama of our time". --The New York Times Book Review.
-- A Washington Post bestseller.
In this first full-length biography of the late Yugoslav leader, veteran foreign correspondents Dusko Doder and Louise Branson paint a disturbing portrait of a cunning politician who did not shy from fomenting wars and double-crossing enemies and allies alike in his ruthless pursuit of power.
--"With the hardened realism that comes from years of journalism ... Doder and Branson have written a vivid and scathing biography of ... Milosevic." -- Publishers Weekly.