Authors/Contributors

Michael J. Kirkhorn

Document Type

Article

Date

Fall 1988

Embargo Period

3-22-2011

Keywords

Syracuse University Special Collections, Dorothy Thompson, American journalism, anti-fascism, Freedom House

Language

English

Disciplines

American Politics | American Studies | Journalism Studies

Description/Abstract

The "unremitting terror" of totalitarianism was Dorothy Thompson's nightmare. She witnessed the atrocities of Nazism, and later, after the Second World War, the cruelty of Soviet communism. The violent will to power that she described for her millions of readers was for her the nemesis of all hope and goodness. It could not be appeased, it could not be satisfied; it had to be resisted. Her profound recognition of that single necessity, and her frustration with the complacency with which this great threat was met at home drew her, one of the great political journalists of the century, into misjudments that sometimes jeopardized her reputation.

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