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True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy
Kati Marton, Author, Reporter and Human Rights Advocate

Thursday, November 3, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Kati Marton is a person for whom the term “multi-faceted” was invented. She’s a writer, human rights and women’s health advocate, a reporter and broadcaster. Her books spotlight a variety of topics as evidenced in her latest, the story of an American who became a Soviet spy and betrayed America on behalf of Joseph Stalin.

The Council’s Thursday, November 3, speaker also has been a wife and a mom. She has written about it all, including romance. That was most famously done in her book Paris – A Love Story, about her marriage to Richard Holbrooke, the celebrated American diplomat who orchestrated the Dayton Peace Accords that ended conflict in Bosnia.

When Marton writes about the lives of others, she reaches beyond the surface to examine motivations and beliefs. Perhaps that has never been better displayed than in her most recent work of non-fiction, True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.

The book takes the reader into an era in which the planet was puzzling over the shake-out of pre-World War II power and what would develop because of the influence of the leader of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party, Joseph Stalin.

True Believer focuses on the life of Noel Field, an American who “betrayed his country and crushed his family.” Marton’s book examines how Field “spied for Stalin during the 1930s and '40s.” Coincidentally, Marton’s parents, both reporters in the era, were famous in the profession for conducting “the only press interview Noel Field ever gave.”

Marton told the story of her parents’ flight from the “Communist terror state” in her award-winning book, Enemies of the People - My Family’s Journey to America.

She is the author of nine books and has been involved in many global efforts to protect people including the International Women’s Health Coalition and serving as Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. She also is on the boards of Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Rescue Committee.

Part of A Century of Change: Russia Series.

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6:00 PM Reception
6:30 PM Program & Book Signing
8:00 PM Contributors' Circle Dinner
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Crescent Club
200 Crescent Ct.
Dallas, Texas 75201
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$25 Members
$40 Non-Members
$65 Contributors' Circle Dinner*

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