Thursday, May 14, 2020

BOOK: Half a century of European political history recounted by a close observer

Half a century of European political history recounted by a close observer
"Diana Johnstone's just published book, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher, is the best book I have ever read, the most revealing, the most accurate, the most truthful, the most moral and humane, the most sincere and heartfelt, and the best written.  Her book is far more than a memoir.  It is a history that has not previously been written." —PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Circle in the Darkness is a veteran journalist's lucid, uncompromising tour through half a century of contemporary history,  Diana Johnstone critically dissects events and identifies trends, disclosing acute, often disquieting insights from her personal experiences: from Cold War hostilities in Yugoslavia, the U.S. antiwar movement of the sixties, the May '68 uprisng in France, the historic peace movement that led to the reunification of Germany,  the transformation of the German Greens from peace to war party, to the European Union's sacrifice of democracy to "globalization", and more.
"Diana Johnstone is a superb reporter of a kind and calibre that barely exists today. Her principled, eloquent memoirs are often touching, and wise, and bracing in their truth in an age of deceit. I salute her." JOHN PILGER, award-winning Australian journalist, author and broadcaster/documentary maker
"Diana Johnstone has spent a lifetime trying to write the truth as you will see in this compelling memoir. Her dedication to a broad coalition for peace and against militarism is an inspiration... Readers will learn a great deal from this fascinating, first-hand look at our world from the Second War through the Cold War and, ultimately, to our "forever wars" of the 21st century." —RON PAUL, MD., Former Member of US Congress
"Johnstone's recollections span the period between the Depression and the current moment, and bring to life in poignant detail the most significant events in Europe for the entire post-World War II era...." 
—RICK ROZOFF, author and editor, STOP NATO
DIANA JOHNSTONE, Ph.D., a native of Minnesota and raised in New Deal Washington, has spent more than half her life in Europe as a political observer and journalist, working for Agence France Presse, for In These Times as European Correspondent, and as press officer for the Green Group in the European Parliament. She holds a BA in Russian Area studies and a PhD in French literature. She is author of three books including Fools' Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions, and coauthor with her father, Paul H. Johnstone, of From Mad to Madness: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War Planning


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