Gareth Jones by Ray Gamache

Gareth Jones by Ray Gamache – Eyewitness to the Holodomor is a great biography of a great man. Gareth Jones was the Welsh journalist who raised awareness about Holodomor, the man-made famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933, where about 4 million people died. This is a wonderful book, a must read for anyone who either studies Holodomor or journalism.

Gareth Jones by Ray Gamache

While I enjoyed the book a lot, this is a non-fiction academic book which I don’t think would have a wide appeal. The analysis, primary sources used, the structure, all are very good.

A few words about Gareth Jones who is so important for the history of reporting, investigative journalism, political studies, international relations, or just ethics in general. He was one of the first to talk about the horrors of the Holodomor in the west. Others were lying about the famine for various reasons. The soviet-induced famine starved millions while food was produced. It was a choice and not an “act of God”, which makes his story so much more important.

Jones was killed, possibly by the russians, just before his 30th birthday. He was someone who went to Germany to report on Hitler, went to russia to report on the soviet union, and, unfortunately, he didn’t have the opportunity to investigate and report on other countries, as he was killed in China. While this is an academic book, which would not appeal to everyone, do read a bit about Jones’ life. I have 2 more books about him that I want to read.

Gareth Jones by Ray Gamache

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Welsh Academic Press
Year it was published: 2018 (first published in 2013)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Biography
Pages: 280

About the author: Ray Gamache was Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Dept of Mass Communications at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is now retired and lives in South Portland, Maine.
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2 thoughts on “Gareth Jones by Ray Gamache”

    • He was kidnapped in China and killed before being ransomed. There are 2 possibilities, either killed by the russians or by the Japanese. I think it was done by the russians because they were at the start of the purges in 1935 and political assassination on other countries’ soil is something they did again and again (e.g. Trotsky)

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