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Author Kalb, Marvin L., author.

Title Assignment Russia : becoming a foreign correspondent in the crucible of the Cold War / Marvin Kalb
Published Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (xii, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Contents 1. Joining a "Band of Brothers -- 2. CBS's "Specialist on Soviet Affairs -- 3. Broadcasting's One Thing, Writing's Another -- 4. A Book, A Documentary, and a New Idea -- 5. The Russians Are Coming -- 6. The Sino-Soviet Alliance: Mysteries, Puzzles, and Enigmas -- 7. Around the World in 100 Days-Part One -- 8. Around the World-Part Two -- 9. A Dream Come True -- 10. The Paris Summit: Ike vs. Nikita -- 11. ... And, Finally, Moscow -- 12. Censors, Circuits, and Double Beds -- 13. Bargaining with Bureaucrats -- 14. The "Pigeon" Lost in My Pasternak Adventure -- 15. Do Svidaniia -- 16. Saying No to Murrow?
Summary A personal journey through some of the darkest moments of the cold war and the early days of television news. Marvin Kalb, the award-winning journalist who has written extensively about the world he reported on during his long career, now turns his eye on the young man who became that journalist. Chosen by legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow to become one of what came to be known as the Murrow Boys, Kalb in this newest volume of his memoirs takes readers back to his first days as a journalist, and what also were the first days of broadcast news. Kalb captures the excitement of being present at the creation of a whole new way of bringing news immediately to the public. And what news. Cold War tensions were high between Eisenhower's America and Khrushchev's Soviet Union. Kalb is at the center, occupying a unique spot as a student of Russia tasked with explaining Moscow to Washington and the American public. He joins a cast of legendary figures along the way, from Murrow himself to Eric Severeid, Howard K. Smith, Richard Hottelet, Charles Kuralt, and Daniel Schorr among many others. He finds himself assigned as Moscow correspondent of CBS News just as the U2 incident-the downing of a US spy plane over Russian territory-is unfolding
Notes Includes index
Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR platform, viewed July 25, 2022)
Subject Kalb, Marvin L.
Kalb, Marvin L.
Journalists -- United States -- Biography
Journalists -- United States -- 20th century -- Biography
Television journalists -- United States -- Biography
Television journalists -- United States -- 20th century -- Biography
Cold War.
Cold War in mass media.
Cold War (1945-1989) in mass media
Television journalists
United States
Genre/Form autobiographies (literary works)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780815738978