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Telegram from Guernica

Nicholas Rankin

Telegram From Guernica: The Extraordinary Life of George Steer: Reporter, Adventurer and Soldier by Nicholas Rankin is the incredible and thrilling true story of the embedded journalist George Steer who exposed the truth behind the bombing of Guernica in 1937.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571298860
Date Published
07.11.2013
Delivery
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Summary

On 26 April 1937, in the rubble of the bombed city of Guernica, the world’s press scrambled to submit their stories. But one journalist held back, and spent an extra day exploring the scene. His report pointed the finger at secret Nazi involvement in the devastating aerial attack. It was the lead story in both The Times and the New York Times, and became the most controversial dispatch of the Spanish Civil War.

Who was this Special Correspondent, whose report inspired Picasso’s black-and-white painting Guernica – the most enduring single image of the twentieth century – and earned him a place on the Gestapo Special Wanted List?

George Steer, a 27-year-old adventurer, was a friend and supporter of the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I. He foresaw and alerted others to the fascist game-plan in Africa and all over Europe; initiated new techniques of propaganda and psychological warfare; saw military action in Ethiopia, Spain, Finland, Libya, Egypt, Madagascar and Burma; married twice and wrote eight books.

Without Steer, the true facts about Guernica’s destruction might never have been known. In this exhilarating biography, Nicholas Rankin brilliantly evokes all the passion, excitement and danger of an extraordinary life, right up to Steer’s premature death in the jungle on Christmas Day 1944.

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Nicholas Rankin worked 20 years for BBC World Service, winning two UN awards and ending up as Chief Producer. His previous books include biographies of Robert Louis Stevenson and the war-correspondent George Steer, Churchill’s Wizards, a study of camouflage, deception and black propaganda in both world wars, and Ian Fleming’s Commandos, the history of a WW2 naval intelligence unit. He…

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