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To Tell the Truth: Literary Hill

In “To Tell the Truth: My Life as a Foreign Correspondent,” Lewis M. Simmons chronicles his storied journalistic career.

From the grit of backroom politicking to the mud of foxholes to the challenges of juggling family responsibilities while working overseas on news of global importance, this recollection simultaneously chronicles war, murder, the impact of poverty, and the careless cruelties and indulgences of the global elite.

Readers will learn the behind-the-scenes details of investigations that led to the toppling of the Marcos dictatorial regime in the Philippines, the Tiananmen Square massacre, and other stories of genocide, violent conflict, and political corruption around the globe.

They will also find his layering of family stories with his ability to explain the complex histories, political machinations, and egoistic demagoguery of the locales and regimes he covered a compelling combination.

Simmons is an award-winning foreign correspondent. His work has investigated and chronicled civil unrest, economics, war and politics in Southeast Asia, Asia, and the Middle East.

He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Knight-Ridder newspapers, and many other national venues.

Michelle LaFrance is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University. She took over Literary Hill in December after the retirement of Karen Lyon. LaFrance teaches writing workshops via the Hill Center and other regional community centers. In her free time, she can be found reading, writing, and hiking the region’s forests with two mischievous four-leggeds. 

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