The Salonika Bay Murder: Cold War Politics And The Polk Affair

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The Salonika Bay Murder: Cold War Politics And The Polk Affair

By Edmund Keeley
Princeton University Press, 1989
395 pp. $24.95
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In 1948 American journalist George Polk (for whom a famous journalism award is named) was murdered in Salonika while covering the Greek civil war for CBS. This powerfully written historical detective work by a novelist and scholar of Hellenic culture at Princeton traces the convoluted politics of the investigation of the crime and subsequent trial of a communist who was probably a scapegoat. The examination of evidence, much of it problematic and contradictory, is a tour de force, as is the insight into personalities. Professor Keeley leaves the reader with good reason to believe that the Greek, American and British governments-aided by American dignitaries Walter Lippmann and William Donovan-colluded to frame the left, obstruct investigation of the role of the right in the murder, and cover up rank injustice.

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