The Double Life of Katharine Clark: The Untold Story of the Fearless Journalist Who Risked Her Life for Truth and Justice

Tantor Audio. Jul. 2022. 8:32 hrs. ISBN 9798765035849. $24.99. BIOG
First-time author Gregorio unearths a family secret about her great-aunt’s journalistic work behind the Iron Curtain. She used her degree in history from Dartmouth and her degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science to write a book about her. Voice actor Holly Adams uses her rich alto voice to take listeners to Yugoslavia under Tito. Gregorio paints a picture of the beauty and horror of living under a Communist dictatorship while trying to catch the next great story. Katharine Clark meets and befriends Milovan Djilas, a former Communist leader once tapped to succeed Tito. Djilas was ousted from the party for criticizing the communist leaders of Yugoslavia, and he had a story to tell. Clark takes on the mission of getting his writings to Western readers. This true story sometimes takes on the excitement of a Cold War spy movie and sometimes runs to the mundanity of two friends sipping cups of tea. Listeners will appreciate Adams’s voices that keep the players in this drama straight; she will land them right in the Cold War–era Communist Bloc.
VERDICT This is a remarkable true story with a strong female lead.
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