August 2, 2017

“If you get a phone call at one in the morning and the AP bureau chief is crying, you know exactly what has happened.”

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“If you get a phone call at one in the morning and the AP bureau chief is crying, you know exactly what has happened, and he doesn’t even have to tell you.”

That’s former war correspondent, ambassatrix, and Dirty Wars and Polished Silver author Lynda Schuster, who appeared yesterday on CNN International, discussing the 1983 death of her first husband, fellow journalist Dial Torgerson with host Frederik Pleitgen. After years as a reporter and, eventually, Wall Street Journal bureau chief, Schuster married a US ambassador, and attended a State Department “Ambasstrix School,” of which she says:

Back then, while the ambassadorial appointees got very juicy classified briefings on their countries, we spouses got lectures on such scintillating topics as “your china patterns and you.” One minute I was this hard-bitten girl reporter with my overnight bag at the ready, and the next minute I was a 1950s housewife cross-pollinated with Princess Grace.

The whole segment is amazing and you should probably watch it right the hell now:


 

 

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver is on sale today. Buy your copy here, or at your neighborhood independent bookstore.

 

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