Chronicles the life and career of the journalist as she travels and works around the globe, including stops in Mexico, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Lima, and the United States
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Probably no American journalist, man or woman, has had a more extraordinary career than Grace Halsell. Before President Lyndon Johnson personally hired her to work in the White House, Halsell had, over a period of two decades, written her way around the world - Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Orient, and the Americas. Born on the windswept plains of West Texas, Halsell was encouraged from the age of five by her pioneer father, who had led cattle drives on the Chisholm Trail, "to travel, to get the benefit" of knowing other peoples. She began her travels at the age of twenty, going first to Mexico and then touring the British Isles by bicycle. Halsell studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and lived in London, Tokyo, Berlin and Seoul. In Hong Kong, where she lived on a fishing junk with a Chinese family of nineteen, she wrote a column for the Tiger Standard; in Tokyo, where she slept on tatami mats, ate raw fish and took scalding ofuro baths, she was a columnist for the Japan Times. Moving to South America, she traveled on a tug for 2000 miles down the Amazon and crossed the Andes by jeep. In Lima, she became a columnist for the Spanish-language daily, La Prensa. Halsell has been the Big Buddha, the Taj Mahal, the pyramids and Machu Picchu, has interviewed presidents, movie stars, kings and prime ministers. Her newspaper dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Post and the Christian Science Monitor have datelined war zones in Korean, Vietnam and Bosnia, as well as Russia, China, Macedonia and Albania.From Publishers Weekly:
Looking back over a long career, Texas-born journalist Halsell recalls her life story from her childhood on a ranch in West Texas to recent trips to Bosnia and Israel. She started her newspaper career in an era when the rare woman who was employed as a journalist was confined to covering social events. During WWII, when many male reporters were in uniform, Halsell was promoted to the police beat, where she met her future husband. But finding marriage unfulfilling, Halsell left Texas to travel abroad and focus on writing. Doing research for books, she darkened her skin to live as a black woman; she crossed the U.S.-Mexican border as an illegal alien; and, passing herself off as a member of the Navajo tribe, she worked as a domestic. In view of Halsell's credits as a professional writer, the writing here is surprisingly awkward. Mulling over her choice of a career, she writes: "And why was this seed planted within me as what I wanted most in life to do? A desire rising no doubt from questions." Halsell, whose journalistic credentials do not prevent her from disclosing her (Christian) faith, nor a clear anti-Israeli bias on her trips to Jerusalem. Halsell is author of some 12 books, detailing her various adventures. This memoir, which apparently draws from those earlier works, though not without interest, offers little by way of inspiration or useful information on the history of women in journalism. Photos not seen by PW.
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Descripción Texas Christian University Pre, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110875651615