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My Unconsidered Judgment

By Noel F. Busch

All this applies to the following pages. They are concerned with various errands, most of them accomplished by air. The first involved a journey to South Africa for the purpose, primarily, of inviting Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts to state, in an article for Life, his conception of the future of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

In the autumn of 1942 the best way to get from New York to South Africa was to fly to Buenos Aires and there take ship to Cape Town. On reaching Buenos Aires, I learned that the departure of the Cape Town ship, the José Menendez, had been postponed by loading difficulties and the general inertia which pervades Argentinian activities.

Consequently, I settled down to spend the next two weeks in combing the surroundings for scraps of information overlooked by John Gunther, Waldo Frank, and the other distinguished United States journalists who, deprived of Europe, have lately made South America their stamping ground…

Former editor of Life magazine, Noel F. Busch, returned from extensive wartime travels across five continents with an incredible collection of stories, anecdotes and revelations from people and places along the way. Noel explored the byways of war from Argentina to Arabia. He found not ‘one world’ but hundreds – and all of them unexpected.

Noel Fairchild Busch, 1906-1985 was an author and Life magazine correspondent who reported extensively on World War II and its aftermath. He was born in Manhattan, and began his association with the Time-Life publications in 1927 when he left Princeton University in his junior year to join Time magazine as an associate editor at the invitation of his cousin, Briton Hadden, who with Henry R. Luce had founded Time in 1923.

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