This collection, covering the years 1916 to 1945, shows only too clearly how foreign reporting has declined in recent years. The first winner of a Pulitzer for reporting from abroad was Herbert Bayard Swope of The New York World for a series from Germany during World War I. He set a standard which was still reflected a quarter of a century later in the work of Otto D. Tolischus of The New York Times, Louis Lochner of the Associated Press, and others reporting from Berlin and German-occupied Europe. The immediacy posed by circumstances is the quality which makes foreign correspondence one of the historian's most useful tools. For this the book has unique value. It will be followed soon by a second volume covering 1945-1962, and another taking us into the 1980s and covering the Far East and the Middle East, the tinderboxes of our time.
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