Looking Back at My First Eighty Years: A Mostly Professional Memoir
by Robert A Potash (9780595519118)

Looking Back at My First Eighty Years: A Mostly Professional Memoir
 
Robert A Potash
Release Date: 01 October 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 405
Category: Military
ISBN: 9780595519118
ISBN-10: 0595519113



This volume offers a fascinating, impressively detailed, account of the professional and personal life of a prominent historian of Latin America. It covers his youth, contacts with a young Leonard Bernstein, and his education at Boston Latin School and Harvard. He served in WWII, rising from private to master sergeant, ending up in a three-man military intelligence unit on Okinawa. There he held in his hands the first aerial photos of atomic-bombed Hiroshima, and was an eye witness to the surrender of Japanese holdouts. In rising from college instructor to department chair Potash recounts the conflicts and tensions that make up academic life. His two-year leave with the State Department was a career transforming experience, turning him eventually into a best selling author on the the military's role in Argentine politics. Potash describes his experiences working with Nazi files as part of an investigating commission created by the Argentine government. Known for his expertise, Potash is frequently consulted in times of crisis by the Argentine media and his name has become a household word in that country. Potash also recalls his courtship and marriage and relationships with his two daughters. Readers have dubbed the manuscript "hard to put down."

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