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Tales of a Footloose American: 1941-1951

Tales of a Footloose American: 1941-1951

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After running a Detroit grocery store at 14 and a high school night club at 17, Warren Rovetch found his way to Europe as a delegate to the 1946 World Student Congress in Prague. In a world of freshly drawn borders and shifting rules, Rovetch was ready for any opportunity that came his way. His footloose adventures took him from Prague to Budapest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Trieste, Rome, Leuca, Naples, Paris, London and Oxford. Tales included interviewing an archbishop in his jail cell; asking Tito unscripted questions; escaping Yugoslavia out a train window in Ljubljana; refusing a request from the general's mistress and posing as an ASPCA foreign correspondent in Trieste; living with El Greco; tossing a vodka-laden Russian ambassador in the air; mastering teatime on a British auto assembly line; and taking an unorthodox route to Oxford. With his trademark wit and astute observation, Rovetch illuminates the post-war world and shows what can happen when you approach life asking, "Why not?" Rovetch also provides illuminating background including the liberation of Paris, Churchill's many facets, the Truman Doctrine, and the birth of Israel.

Author: Warren Rovetch
Publisher: Jake's Books
Published: 02/13/2012
Pages: 254
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.66lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.51w x 0.53d
ISBN: 9780615517070

About the Author
Born in Detroit in 1926, Warren Rovetch completed his undergraduate studies at Wayne University in Detroit, and graduate studies at Oxford (Balliol College), where he was a Fulbright Scholar, receiving his MPhil in economics in 1951. Rovetch has been a government economist, an industrial engineer, a regional director for the Foreign Policy Association, and a consultant to school systems, colleges and universities, and state governments. Robert E. McNair, governor of South Carolina, said of Rovetch, "He was one of the most brilliant planners and programming-type people that I've ever known." Rovetch's Creaky Traveler books were featured on NPR (Morning Edition), touted for their "insight, charm, and vibrant impressions." (Midwest Book Review), and praised for "extraordinary accounts, vivid descriptions, and discerning insights," by Jimmy Deenihan, Irish Minister of Arts and Heritage.

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