The Lives and Times of Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Susan Hertog discusses Dangerous Ambition: Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West New Women in Search of Love and Power, which chronicles these two women writers who achieved unprecedented fame and influence at tremendous personal cost. American Dorothy Thompson was the first female head of a European news bureau, a columnist and commentator with a tremendous following. Rebecca West, an Englishwoman, was a journalist, literary critic, novelist, and historian. They were drawn to ambitious men.


Susan Hertog

Comments [3]

Bo from Granville, NY

This guest is one of the most annoying interviews I have heard lately. She desperately needs some sort of media training....I blame her publicists, not you Leonard...way too many ums and uhs and hesitations...very unprepared, very annoying. Plus, her assertion that Dorothy Thompson's bisexuality had some psychological basis in the "loss of her mother" is pure psycho-babble hokum. She was bisexual. Not heterosexual. Get over it.

Dec. 21 2011 12:58 PM
Erica P from NJ (in exilium)

21 December happens to be Rebecca West's birthday.

Dec. 21 2011 12:53 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Once upon a time, when monarchy was the rule over nations, and patriarchy was the definition of family structure, female power came through or over the husband. Today, women compete directly against men, as well as each other, and matriarchy is increasingly the reality of today's times.

Women have always sought power, only at one time they could only get it indirectly. Today they can go for it directly head on. But the downside of it is, women can now get their heads bashed in by other women more often than by their husbands.

Dec. 21 2011 12:48 PM

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