Telling the Story: The Armenian Genocide in the Pages of The New York Times and Missionary Herald
(with an introduction by Dikran Kouymjian)
London: Gomidas Institute, 2012,
xvi + 238 pp, map, ISBN 978-1-903656-36-5, paperback,
UK£18.00 / US$28.00
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Telling the Story focuses on two leading journals, The New York Times and Missionary Herald, to see how news of the Armenian Genocide filtered through to the United States between 1914-18. It also looks at how the American public reacted to such news with a humanitarian intervention program. There were undoubted differences between the two journals, as The New York Times was a leading news organisation while Missionary Herald was part of an institution with vested interests in Turkey. However, the flow of information to the outside world was clear and compelling, especially as many reports were actually written by United States officials in Turkey and leaked to the press by the State Department in Washington DC.
Telling the Story is an invaluable addition to our understanding of the Armenian Genocide and United States policy in the Near East.
Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht is a lawyer, a seasoned visitor to Turkey, and has an interest in history. This book is based on her MA (History) thesis from California State University, Sacramento.