It is also, incidentally, why I — who sit at home watching television and typing on a laptop all day — try never, ever to call myself a journalist. Share via Email Journalism that shaded into espionage … Gareth Jones.
He went out there. Except Hitler, which hardly helped his case. Survival of the Fastest Channel 4 posed the intriguing but beyond-thorny question of whether the history of black slavery might be the reason — or a part of the reason — for African-American and Jamaican dominance in sprinting events.
Multiple Olympic and world champion gold medallist Johnson undertook a Who Do You Think You Are—style investigation of his personal ancestry, interspersed with discussions with specialist historians and geneticists to test the theory that those who survived the horrors of the slave ships and plantation work long enough to produce descendants must have been among the strongest, hardiest and most determined of any population — embodiments, therefore, of much that an elite athlete requires.
But it asked a brave and intriguing question and in his new role as presenter, Johnson, you might say, went the distance. Natural"admired some of what the latter had done with his country.
Hitler, Stalin and Mr Jones BBC4 was a dense, powerful and moving film marred only by a bizarrely dramatic voiceover that persisted throughout that pieced together the extraordinary and almost forgotten story of an extraordinary and almost forgotten boy from Barry.
Nobody — least of all the left — wanted to know. Yes, this might well be the case, was the general consensus, with various notes of caution about the need for the right environment for these things to coalesce into Olympic success; about the fact that none of this should be taken as support for either the racism that views all black men as big, strong and aggressive, or that slavery was somehow therefore justified by the — posited — result.
Soon he had been gathered to the bosom of the journo-politico establishment and another trip to Russia saw his journalistic information-gathering and reports back to Lloyd George shade inexorably into espionage.
A chance to relaunch his career came in when conflict between the Japanese, Chinese and Soviets over choice parts of the Orient was growing.
He met Goebbels, and Hitler "Looks like a middle-class grocer … I was surprised by his smile. And so Jones became persona non grata everywhere from Churt to Chechnya. Jones died a day before his 30th birthday. The two streams — of social history and of science — frequently merged, so that social historians frequently pronounced on the genetic effects of slavery though not vice versa which made the whole thing less rigorous than it could or perhaps should have been.
Jones was a brilliant student who won a scholarship to Cambridge to study Russian. Although he was aware of the threat of antisemitism, his attention was elsewhere — on the rumours reaching him of what would become known, partly thanks to his investigations, as the Great Famine, which was spreading across Russia as the farms failed and peasants started to die in their hundreds, thousands and millions.
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