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In Their Shoes
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Probably no American journalist, man or woman, has had a more extraordinary career than Grace Halsell. Before President Lyndon Johnson personally hired her to work in the White House, Halsell had, over a period of two decades, written her way around the world - Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Orient, and the Americas.

Born on the windswept plains of West Texas, Halsell was encouraged from the age of five by her pioneer father, who had led cattle drives on the Chisolm Trail, "to travel, to get the benefit" of knowing other peoples. She began her travels at the age of twenty, going first to Mexico and then touring the British Isles by bicycle. Halsell studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and lived in London, Tokyo, Berlin, and Seoul.

In Hong Kong, where she lived on a fishing junk with a Chineses family of nineteen, she wrote a column for the Tiger Standard; in Tokyo, where she slept on tatami mats, ate raw fish and took scalding ofuro baths, she was a columnist for the Japan Times. Moving to South America, she traveled on a tug for 2,000 miles down the Amazon and crossed the Andes by jeep. In Lima, she became a columnist for the Spanish-langauge daily, La Prensa.

Halsell has seen the Big Buddha, the Taj Mahal, the pyramids and the Machu Micchu, has interviewed presidents, movie stars, kinds, and prime ministers. Her newspaper dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Post, and the Christian Science Monitor have datelined war zones in Korea, Vietnam, and Bosnia, as well as Russia, China, Macedonia, and Albania.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. PART ONE: GROWING UP—FEMALE
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 1: The Beauty of Space
  2. pp. 5-9
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  1. 2: “A Horse Knows When You Are Afraid”
  2. pp. 11-18
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  1. 3: My Mother—Unafraid of Men
  2. pp. 19-29
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  1. 4: Growing Up as “The Baby”
  2. pp. 31-37
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  1. PART TWO: THE WORKPLACE
  2. pp. 39-49
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  1. 5: Accepted at Face Value
  2. pp. 41-49
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  1. PART THREE: LOVE AND MARRIAGE
  2. pp. 51-61
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  1. 6: Unlikely Love: The Heart Has Its Reasons
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. PART FOUR: TRAVEL
  2. pp. 65-75
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  1. 7: New York—Meeting Women Role Models
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. 8: Europe: Free-Lancing and Looking for Texans
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. 9: Japan and Hong Kong: Had I Ever Wished to Be Born a Man?
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. 10: Peru and Mexico: Latinos Speaking Up for Joy
  2. pp. 93-105
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  1. PART FIVE: PLAYING IN THE BIG LEAGUES
  2. pp. 107-117
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  1. 11: Working for “Big Texans” in Oil—And in the White House
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. PART SIX: EMBRACING THE OTHER
  2. pp. 121-131
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  1. 12: Living as a Black in Harlem and Mississippi
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. 13: Living as an Indian on the Navajo Reservation
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. 14: Passing as “Bessie Yellowhair”
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. 15 : Living as a Wetback—Swimming the Rio Grande
  2. pp. 153-161
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  1. 16: Crossing with Nannies
  2. pp. 163-167
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  1. 17: Smuggled to the Promised Land
  2. pp. 169-177
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  1. 18: A Photo Album
  2. pp. 179-194
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  1. PART SEVEN: VVAR ZONES
  2. pp. 195-205
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  1. 19: Korea, Vietnam and Bosnia
  2. pp. 197-206
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  1. PART EIGHT: RELIGION AND POLITICS
  2. pp. 207-217
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  1. 20: Journey to Jerusalem
  2. pp. 209-218
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  1. PART NINE: RELATIONSHIPS
  2. pp. 219-229
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  1. 21: What Causes One to Forget a Thousand—And Remember One?
  2. pp. 221-227
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  1. 22: The “Great Relation”
  2. pp. 229-240
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  1. PART TEN: COMING OF AGE
  2. pp. 241-251
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  1. 23: Ecuador—Living with los Viejos
  2. pp. 243-249
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 251-252
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 255-265
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