Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir

H.D.S. Greenway. Simon & Schuster, $26 (272p) ISBN 978-1-4767-6132-9
In this memoir, Boston Globe columnist Greenway narrates a professional life spent working in the most dangerous regions of the world. From the mid-1960s on, Greenway covered post-colonial states struggling with the consequences of the Cold War: Cambodia, Thailand, Lebanon, Laos, among many others. The Vietnam War in particular colored how he viewed future conflicts and American overreach as he watched history repeat itself in Afghanistan and Iraq. A Boston Brahmin who attended Yale as a legacy, Greenway roots lay in a genteel WASP America that was already vanishing by the time he was shot during the Tet Offensive (his attempt to save a wounded Marine there earned him a Bronze Star). Greenway’s professional and social connections provide him with a wide range of anecdotes that feature such figures as John le Carré and Sean Flynn (Errol’s son), a journalist who mysteriously disappeared in the Cambodian jungle. Greenway’s firsthand experiences add gravitas to his common-sense take on foreign policy. The real strengths of the book, however, are the vivid descriptions of life during wartime. Agent: Ike Williams, Williams & Bloom. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 04/21/2014
Release date: 08/19/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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