Past to Present: A Reporter's Story of War, Spies, People, and Politics

Hardcover | August 11, 2015

byWilliam Stevenson

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William Stevenson may be best known for his friendship with and books about another William Stephenson, otherwise known as Intrepid, whose spy network and secret diplomacy changed the course of history. Originally published in 1976, A Man Called Intrepid sold over 2 million copies and quickly became a New York Timesbestseller. However, readers will be just as fascinated by his life''s story and adventures. Stevenson chronicles the major events of his life, beginning with his daring and dangerous time as a naval pilot during WWII flying a multitude of legendary aircraft-Stringbag, Tiger Moth, Seafire, Hellcats-and learning various maneuvers in the skies enroute to Russia, over England, Canada, Scotland, and the Pacific. After the war, still yearning for adventure, he returns to Canada to write for The Toronto Daily Star, where he again meets William Stephenson (aka Intrepid) on assignment and develops a lifelong friendship. Stevenson travels the globe, visiting Hong Kong, Delhi, Kashmir, Kenya, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Thailand, and many other exotic locals, where he meets iconic figures, such as Ian Fleming, Prime Minister Nehru, Ho Chi Minh, Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Tse-tung, Zhou Enlai, Tito, Khrushchev, and the King of Thailand among others. Privy to confidential information, full of international intrigue, Stevenson is a living embodiment of modern history. Past to Present, with story after amazing story to tell, will leave the reader breathless.

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William Stevenson may be best known for his friendship with and books about another William Stephenson, otherwise known as Intrepid, whose spy network and secret diplomacy changed the course of history. Originally published in 1976, A Man Called Intrepid sold over 2 million copies and quickly became a New York Timesbestseller. However, readers will be just as fascinated by his life's story and adv...

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William Stevenson may be best known for his friendship with and books about another William Stephenson, otherwise known as Intrepid, whose spy network and secret diplomacy changed the course of history. Originally published in 1976, A Man Called Intrepid sold over 2 million copies and quickly became a New York Timesbestseller. However, readers will be just as fascinated by his life's story and adv...

William Stevenson was trained in aerial espionage as a British naval fighter pilot during World War II. A distinguished journalist and war correspondent, he is the author of sixteen books, including A Man Called Intrepid, Intrepid's Last Case (Lyons), and Ninety Minutes at Entebbe. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Lyons PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0762773707

ISBN - 13:9780762773701

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY Interesting Book!!! What exciting and amazing life experiences Mr. Stevenson has had and how wonderful he has shared it with us!! Each chapter is full of exciting stories of his adventures all over the world. I am in awe of the people he has known and encountered in his travels during his fascinating career. His personal insite and stories about such world leaders as Nehru, Ho Chi Minh and the King of Thailand just made me want to read on to learn more. Recommend this book for everyone to read!!
Date published: 2012-10-04