Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Praise, Dedication

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pp. i-x

Contents

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pp. xi-xii

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A Note to the Reader

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pp. xiii-xiv

Rather than quote expansively from the diary that Frank Kearns kept while embedded with the Algerian rebels, I elected instead to present his typewritten notes in their entirety as the centerpiece of this book. I draw from it where necessary to provide context. After struggling to transcribe his...

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Foreword

Tom Fenton

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pp. xv-xix

Gerald Davis interviewed me in 2006 at my home in London for the PBS documentary he wrote and produced on Frank Kearns. He has now produced a definitive account—much of it in Kearns’s own words—that shines a light on a forgotten adventure in what was once a very different world...

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Preface

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pp. xxi-xxix

On August 1, 1986, at twenty-two minutes and forty seconds into The CBS Evening News, anchorman Dan Rather announced in a forthright yet somber tone that his former colleague, Frank Kearns, had died. For the next thirty seconds, he described Kearns’s career at the network...

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1. A Small Office in Cairo

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pp. 1-6

As the middle of the twentieth century rolled along, most of America was settling into a new suburban lifestyle. Demand for manufactured products and the good fortunes of an “Eisenhower economy” ushered in the age of consumerism. Safety and growing security at home allowed...

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2. La Guerre d’Algérie

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pp. 7-13

By the time Frank Kearns had picked up the cable from his editor in 1957, the histories of France and Algeria had been intertwined for over a century, going back to 1830 when France, under King Charles X, first occupied the country. At the time, Algeria was thought to be the least...

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3. A Reporter’s Journey to Algeria

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pp. 14-23

Frank Kearns was born on November 28, 1917, in Gary, Indiana. His father, Michael Joseph Kearns, was a civil engineer. A native of Wheeling, West Virginia, in the state’s northern panhandle, he worked for years around the Appalachian coal mines before taking a management...

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4. “The Unrealistic or Impossible Assignment”

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pp. 24-30

Frank Kearns was thirty-five years old when he arrived in Cairo. A former colleague in London said it was like “having a film star walking into the office. He was so personable . . . so handsome, smiling.”1 He was six feet tall, weighed 185 pounds, and had blond hair and blue...

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5. Algerian Diary

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pp. 31-86

THURSDAY, JULY 11TH – This is the Big Day. By tomorrow night, we’ll be in Tunis.1 Then, several days later, with the Algerian rebels, deep inside Algeria. Feeling more and more like a character in a spy movie, paid a last quick visit to the Algerian offices here in Cairo.2 The entrance...

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6. “Evidence of Considerable Interest”

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pp. 87-100

The next day—August 23—Frank Kearns and Joe Masraff were safely tucked into rooms at the exclusive Hotel Excelsior, known locally as “the magnificent white palace,” which is situated in the famed Via Veneto district of Rome, Italy, not far from the Spanish Steps, the Villa Borghese...

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Epilogue

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pp. 101-112

The assessment of many colleagues and competitors is that Frank Kearns was a remarkable reporter. Dan Rather called him “a legend” at CBS News. His foreign editor said he was “among the best foreign correspondents at CBS.” He stoically went about his job of news...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 113-116

I began this book as an offshoot of the research I was doing for my documentary, Frank Kearns: American Correspondent. It came as quite a surprise to discover a typewritten version of the hand-scrawled notes from Algeria that Frank Kearns tossed into a shoebox years ago. The process...

Appendix: Sound on Film Scripts from Algeria

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pp. 117-162

Chronology

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pp. 163-166

Notes

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pp. 167-180

Glossary

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pp. 181-182

Bibliography

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pp. 183-188

Index

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pp. 189-198

About the Authors

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pp. 199-200

Image Plates

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