Witness to a Century
by George Seldes

Recollections of an old reporter. Seldes spent many years reporting from Europe. He met many of the leading figures of the 20th century. He was an eye-witness to many significant events. He spent much of his life trying to correct the record with regard to the war in Spain, the role of certain Catholic clergymen in collaborating with the Nazis, the hazards of cigarettes, and the corruption of the press. Unfortunately he was blind to his own biases. He is uncritically in favor of labor unions and regards any opposition to them as reactionary and fascist. He is suspicious of everyone’s motives except labor-union thugs. He regards Ralph Nader as a hero.

It is too bad that so many great opportunities were wasted on this ass whose father was a libertarian.

Year Read: 2005

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