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By Barbara S. Mahoney

Ralph Waldo Barnes was once an eyewitness to background. From Mussolini's Italy, Stalin's Russia, and Hitler's Germany, he pronounced first hand at the occasions of the Thirties for the readers of the hot York bring in Tribune. In "Dispatches and Dictators," historian Barbara Mahoney chronicles the quick lifestyles and fantastic profession of Ralph Barnes. Her biography of this striking reporter presents new insights into the tumultuous decade major as much as international struggle II. "None people may possibly equivalent Ralph as an all-round, hugely knowledgeable, and keenly perceptive information bloodhound. Of our iteration, Ralph had the widest published adventure in significant ecu capitals....Ralph Barnes used to be unchallengeably unique." —Leland Stowe, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the hot York bring in Tribune and the Chicago day-by-day information

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Although the fact was not yet completely evident to outsiders, Josef Stalin was firmly in control. Leon Trotsky represented a dissident force, 26 Dispatches and Dictators but was steadily losing adherents. In the United States, the virulent Red Scare of the period immediately after World War I had abated. But there was still uneasiness about the regime, and the Soviet government had not been recognized by the stolidly Republican administrations of the 1920s, making it even more attractive to those with leftist leanings.

Nevertheless, Ralph found him calm and unruffled, smiling most of the time as he worked. Barnes’s journal of the trip reflects the endless curiosity that became one of Ralph’s greatest assets as a reporter. He meticulously recorded all that they found in the Soviet Union, from the prevailing theory that the displayed body of Lenin was actually wax down to the price of two peaches he bought in a Moscow store. Although he spoke no Russian at the time, he plied everyone he could talk to with questions.

Their most ambitious undertaking was a month-long journey in 1927 through Germany, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, finally reaching the Soviet Union, a trip that greatly influenced Ralph’s career and aspirations. In the ten years since the overthrow of the Czar and the subsequent takeover by the Bolsheviks, the Russian Revolution had passed through its romantic phase. The civil war was over; Lenin had died; his attempt to rebuild the economy along the lines of free enterprise, known as the New Economic Policy or NEP, was being reversed.

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