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About the author:
John and Pegge spent their lives traveling the world reporting as foreign press correspondents. John first taught English in China during the 1930s, after graduating from Carleton College. He then joined the United Press in 1944 as a war correspondent. He met Pegge Parker, a beautiful widowed journalist with an eye toward writing her way around the world. They married, living and working in India during the first years of their marriage.
The Hlavaceks were then off to New York and next Jamaica, where John and Pegge supported the family by covering news events across the globe. In 1961, the family moved to Florida when John began work as staff correspondent for NBC in Havana. John and Pegge meticulously chronicled their lives before and after they met-and the stories they brought to us from afar. Today, John resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Pegge passed away in November 2008.

United Press Invades India

Memoirs of a Foreign Correspondent, 1944-1952

Authored by John Hlavacek

How does a humble, Midwestern boy from Illinois end up reporting world events from India for United Press? He comes by way of boat, but only after reporting from Japanese-occupied China during the Communist takeover.
Such is the life story of John Hlavacek, foreign war correspondent for NBC News and Time-Life. John left his post with the American Military Attaché's Office to join United Press as a war correspondent. He reported world events from India from 1944-1952.
During John's time as a war correspondent, he was witness to the transformation of British colonies into the free countries of India, Pakistan, Ceylon, and Burma. He met and befriended Gandhi, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Tenzing Norgay. John also details the life-changing event of meeting and courting journalist Pegge Parker, his future wife.
John's tale of his time in India was written from the collection of letters he sent home to his family detailing his life over seas. He had originally intended the letters for his children and grandchildren to read down the road. After re-reading the letters later in life, John realized that he had "created a (personal) history of the United Press service in Southeast Asia," and subsequently wanted to share it with others.

Publication Date:
0981903460 / 9780981903460
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / General

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