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Inside of Time: My Journey from Alaska to Israel

Gruber, Ruth

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ISBN 10: 0786710837 / ISBN 13: 9780786710836
Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2003
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Title: Inside of Time: My Journey from Alaska to ...

Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed Copy

Edition: First Printing

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Inside of Time is a book for everyone eager to read about the personal and human side of our stirring times. The vivid recollections of a trailblazing eyewitness to history, combined with stories of Gruber’s intimate friendships with luminaries of the century, has created a book to cherish. In the Roosevelt administration and as a foreign correspondent with the New York Herald Tribune, Gruber worked with, wrote about, and was mentored by a cast that included Harold Ickes, FDR’s Secretary of the Interior, who in 1941 appointed Gruber as his personal representative to Alaska; Helen Rogers Reid, Herald Tribune publisher and Gruber’s boss, who scheduled her to speak at lecture forums where Gruber shared the podium with Churchill and DeGaulle; Golda Meir, with whom she swapped kitchen table confidences about their families; David Ben-Gurion, whose prophetic voice made him the most inspiring leader Gruber ever knew; and Eleanor Roosevelt, whom Gruber shepherded to Israel in the early 1950s. Spanning 1941–1955, Gruber also recalls the fierce anti-Semitism she overcame in Congress, the DP camps she saw in Germany after WWII, and traveling with the Israeli army during the War for Independence. Sixteen pages of photographs add to this enthralling autobiography by one of America's best journalists.

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Gruber was present for some of the most significant moments in mid-20th-century history, including the Nuremberg trials and the creation of the State of Israel, and now, at the age of 90, she still has the energy to comb through some of the 350 notebooks she filled during her career as a bureaucrat and journalist to write about her experiences during the years 1941-1952 with clarity, insight and warmth. Gruber was a 29-year-old foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune in 1941 and author of the influential 1939 memoir I Went to the Soviet Arctic, when Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes sent her to Alaska to report on how best to both settle the territory and preserve its beauty. The assignment lasted 18 months, but her work for Ickes continued until 1946; her assignments included shepherding Holocaust survivors from Germany to a refugee camp at a New York State army outpost and working to ensure that those who wanted to could remain in the United States after the war. The war over, she returned to journalism, reporting from Europe and the Middle East. Along the way, she developed relationships with such world leaders as Eleanor Roosevelt, David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir (who served Gruber homemade cookies in her Tel Aviv apartment). Yet Gruber (whose many books include Raquela: A Woman of Israel, winner of a National Jewish Book Award) is unpretentious, using her finely honed journalistic skills to craft a look at history that manages to be both deeply personal and universal. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW
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