In 1955, Katharine Clark became the first female American wire reporter behind the Iron Curtain, forging a career as a journalist, befriending a leading Communist and risking her life to smuggle away books that exposed the truth about Communist Yugoslavia to the world.
Katharine Gregorio tells Clark’s story in engaging, well-researched and vivid detail ... Among the many pleasures of The Double Life of Katharine Clark is Ms. Gregorio’s account of Clark’s courageous efforts to secure safe passage for Djilas’s manuscripts ... Never one to call attention to herself, Katharine Clark remained silent about the role she had played in bringing Djilas’s work to the attention of the broader world ... The Double Life of Katharine Clark is an eloquent tribute to them both.
Katharine Gregorio tells the thrilling story of her great-aunt, the first American woman to work as a wire reporter behind the Iron Curtain. Gregorio recounts Clark's heroic efforts to spread the truth about Communism to the world ... Clark's story, finally told, reads like an espionage thriller in Gregorio's capable hands—with the added wallop of its being true.
Gregorio debuts with a rousing and rigorously researched biography of her great-aunt Katharine Clark ... Shot through with vivid sketches of 1950s Belgrade, Budapest, and Warsaw; intimate details about Clark’s marriage, and genuine awe for her courage, this is a fitting tribute to a pioneering female journalist.