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LOOKING FOR TROUBLE

Virginia Cowles

  • Original Title: LOOKING FOR TROUBLE
  • Publication date: December 1941
  • Publisher: HARPER & BROTHERS
  • Country: US
  • 447 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: Finland, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Looking back on one's life, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Totalitarian regime, War and other conflicts, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

Pitch

First published in June 1941, the tour de force testimony of an American debutante who became a roving war correspondent noted for her bravery and perceptiveness. Virginia Cowles went looking for trouble, and did she find it...

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Virginia Cowles (1910 - 1983) was a noted American journalist, biographer, and travel writer. During her long career, she went from covering fashion, to covering the Spanish Civil War, the turbulent period in Europe leading up to World War II, and the entire war. Her service as a correspondent was recognized by the British government with an OBE in 1947. After the war, she published a number of critically acclaimed biographies of historical figures.

Summary

First published in June 1941, the original hardback blurb is worth quoting. 'Miss Virginia Cowles has modestly entitled this account of four years as a roving journalist ''Looking for Trouble''. Never was a search more amply rewarded. She has found trouble in Spain - behind the barricades in Madrid, and among the polyglot armies of General Franco. She has found it in Russia, in Germany, in Czecho-Slovakia at the time of Munich, in Romania during the Polish war, in Finland throughout the Finnish war, in Italy during the ''lull'', in Paris a few hours before the Germans moved in, in London during the ''blitz''. Whether this is a world's record in successful trouble-hunting her publishers do not presume to say.' The question must still be left unanswered but it is unlikely that any other journalist in the five crucial years from 1935 to 1940 was so often in the right place at the right time. Anne Sebba devotes a chapter to Virginia Cowles in her BATTLING FOR NEWS and writes, 'For Virginia getting to the top man in any situation was both important in itself and valuable for smoothing her path whenever she might need help.' In short, she was blessed with the sort of chutzpah that could secure an interview with Mussolini (browbeating and insecure at the same time) and make sure she was on the last plane in or out of the latest hotspot.

To return to the original blurb, 'It is Miss Cowles' outstanding merit that she is magnificently capable of writing a book. Her journalist's eye never fails her; her lucid, human, humorous style is never at a loss. This is a book to which the old cliché 'never a dull line' can be honestly applied. It is as good a first-hand account of the mad world of Hitler's Europe as is ever likely to come off the printing press. And there is something oddly fitting and perhaps prophetic, in the fact that a woman should have written it.'


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    Virginia Cowles (1910 - 1983) was a noted American journalist, biographer, and travel writer. During her long career, she went from covering fashion, to covering the Spanish Civil War, the turbulent period in Europe leading up to World War II, and the entire war. Her service as a correspondent was recognized by the British government with an OBE in 1947. After the war, she published a number of critically acclaimed biographies of historical figures.