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The Inconvenient Journalist: A Memoir

Dusko Doder and Louise Branson


This book describes how one February night crystalized the values and personal risks that shaped the life of the author of this book. The frigid Moscow night in question was in 1984, and the author, a Washington Post correspondent, reported signs that Soviet leader Yuri Andropov had died. The CIA at first dismissed the reporting, saying that “Doder must be smoking pot.” When Soviet authorities confirmed Andropov's death, journalists and intelligence officials questioned how a lone reporter could scoop the multibillion-dollar US spy agency. The stage was set for Cold War-style revenge against t ... More

Keywords: Yuri Andropov, Soviet leader, Washington Post, journalist, free press

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501759093
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501759093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dusko Doder, author

Louise Branson, author