News Clippings found in a copy of Chester Wilmot's book, 'The Struggle for Europe'

When I opened the book to have a look through it, I found two folded pieces of paper that had, over time, some fifty years, stained the adjacent leaves. The clippings included excerpts from speeches made by Walter Lippmann in Oxford and Cambridge, England, in all likelihood during May 1952. Click on the images to enlarge.

The reverse of each image reveals contemporary events: Dwight D Eisenhower on his leaving France; Lillian Hellman and her problems with the FBI; Tito and the Trieste confabulation with Italy; Mao publishes in Russia; King Farouk and Anthony Eden just before Nasser and his allies threw out the corrupt king. Of course, this led to the disaster of Suez, when Eden was PM. Of interest are the other matters shown on these clippings: 'water hose floods office' and 'airmen don't want to fly in dangerous situations', etc. Fascinating stuff of the early Cold War era, and the intimations of McCarthyism.

Wilmot's book is also very interesting, in that it pulls no punches with its outline of the reasons why Stalin, at the end of WWII, was able to grab eastern Europe with ease. There are excellent maps of the invasion of Europe by the Allies in 1944, and information relating to Hobart, one of the unsung heroes of WWII. The book was bought in Ottawa Library, the Friends, secondhand store on my birthday, March 24th., 2004. So what, you say? Well, one day older than Aretha Franklin, and born on the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth I of England in 1603.

On a technical note, I have found that these images look best when using Mozilla. Both Explorer and Netscape fracture the images somewhat. So, please use Mozilla or download to show in your favourite media software, such as IrfanView or similar.

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