Headquarters Budapest by Robert Parker
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1944. First American edition, first printing. Hardcover. 345 pages ; 22 cm. $3.00 dust jacket. Jacket's missing a few small nickel size pieces of itself mostly on the front side and the tail of the jacket spine. Pages are age toned. No markings within book. Binding is firm.
By ROBERT PARKER
This book by the former Eastern European chief of The Associated Press, is one of the most important documents to come out of the second World War.
As the first and second World Wars started in the Balkans, so will the third World War inevitably start on schedule in the Balkans. This point is held—and proved—by Robert Parker except for the unlikely chance that the three world leaders finally accomplish the near impossible task of straightening out the ethnological, economic and religious messes which have drenched southeastern Europe with blood for centuries.
Robert Parker is not only an exceptionally energetic and intelligent reporter, he is an astute observer and analyst of political forces. He is a clear and vivid writer who pulls no punches.
He has had opportunity to learn the Balkans as few newspapermen have learned them. While his headquarters were in Budapest he traveled his territory from Czechoslovakia and Poland to Greece and Turkey. He knew the poverty-ridden peasant grubbing the soil with wooden plow and oxen. He knew the businessmen, full of political guile. He knew the clergy, often engrossed with internal politics and international intrigue. And he knew the leaders.
HEADQUARTERS BUDAPEST should be must reading for every American who thinks he knows or who wants to know what manner of yeast is responsible for the constantly bubbling ferment in the Balkans. It should be must reading also for everyone who would read a really thrilling account of personal adventures against a background of war and intrigue. It is as exciting as any spy-mystery story you ever read.
About the Author :
Although still in his thirties, Robert Parker is one of the few veteran correspondents who have seen the war from the totalitarian side. He was with the German Army on its march into Poland in 1939; he rode with an armored division of Hungarians into Sub-Carpathic Russia and saw Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria taken over by the Nazis. He also covered the Russian conquest of Bessarabia and,
prior to the current war, the revolution in Spain. He has traveled widely in Germany and been in and out of France and other Nazi-occupied countries many times. From 1939-41, he made his headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, one of the best listening posts in Europe. From the spring of 1942 up to a few months ago, Mr. Parker was OWI Chief in Turkey.
Robert Parker was born in Newark, N. J., and educated at the Pingry School, Elizabeth, N. J., and Union College, Schenectady, N. Y. He worked for a time on the staff of the Newark Sunday Call and the Schenectady Gazette. Upon his graduation from college, he worked for the New York Journal, from which in 1933 he transferred to The Associated Press. He was sent to Paris— and there began his eventful career as foreign correspondent.
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