Past to Present

Past to Present

A Reporter's Story of War, Spies, People, and Politics

Book - 2012
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William Stevenson may be best known for his friendship with and books about another William Stephenson, otherwise known as Intrepid, whose spy network and secret diplomacy changed the course of history. Originally published in 1976, A Man Called Intrepid sold over 2 million copies and quickly became a New York Timesbestseller. However, readers will be just as fascinated by his life's story and adventures. Stevenson chronicles the major events of his life, beginning with his daring and dangerous time as a naval pilot during WWII flying a multitude of legendary aircraft--Stringbag, Tiger Moth, Seafire, Hellcats--and learning various maneuvers in the skies enroute to Russia, over England, Canada, Scotland, and the Pacific. After the war, still yearning for adventure, he returns to Canada to write for The Toronto Daily Star, where he again meets William Stephenson (aka Intrepid) on assignment and develops a lifelong friendship. Stevenson travels the globe, visiting Hong Kong, Delhi, Kashmir, Kenya, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Thailand, and many other exotic locals, where he meets iconic figures, such as Ian Fleming, Prime Minister Nehru, Ho Chi Minh, Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Tse-tung, Zhou Enlai, Tito, Khrushchev, and the King of Thailand among others. Privy to confidential information, full of international intrigue, Stevenson is a living embodiment of modern history. Past to Present, with story after amazing story to tell, will leave the reader breathless.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780762773701
Branch Call Number: 813 STEVE
Characteristics: viii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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ijaeger Jan 06, 2013

This book reads like a collection of unrelated newspaper articles and not like a cohesive story. The presented facts are quite interresting

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