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The Inconvenient JournalistA Memoir$
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Dusko Doder and Louise Branson

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501759093

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501759093.001.0001

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Love Changes Everything

Love Changes Everything

(p.151) 10 Love Changes Everything
The Inconvenient Journalist

Dusko Doder

Louise Branson

Cornell University Press

This chapter details how the author met and fell in love with journalist Louise Branson. Branson loved journalism and talking about the Soviet Union. She talked about the Soviet Union with a fascination for how Russians coped with the absurdities of their daily lives. Just as the author was retreating from his career in the Soviet Union, Branson was enthusiastically beginning hers. In January of 1985, they were both assigned, along with most other US Moscow correspondents, to cover the meeting between Secretary of State George Shultz and Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet foreign minister, in Geneva. The chapter then looks at how Mikhail Gorbachev became elected as the new general secretary of the Communist Party. With the younger, healthy Gorbachev in the Kremlin, and with Celestine Bohlen as an additional Washington Post correspondent, the author no longer felt constantly watchful, manacled to the office, fearful of missing some development.

Keywords:   Louise Branson, journalism, Soviet Union, George Shultz, Andrei Gromyko, Mikhail Gorbachev, Communist Party, Washington Post, Kremlin

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