Tape and disc recordings of Russian American journalist and author Eugene Lyons are now available for listening, having been digitized in Hoover's audio lab. Most are speeches by Lyons about conditions and events in the Soviet Union and the communist influence in the United States, with several recordings focusing on communism in Hollywood. Another is a spoken letter to a Polish youth on the meaning of Polish ethnicity in the United States and the nature of oppression in the two countries. The recordings, which date from the 1940s to the 1960s, are part of the Eugene Lyons papers.
Lyons, who immigrated to the United States from Russia as a child in 1907, was a United Press correspondent in the Soviet Union from 1928 to 1934. His first book, The Life and Death of Sacco and Vanzetti, was published in 1927. During the next forty years he wrote or edited a dozen more, concluding with Paradise Lost: 50 Years of Soviet Communism: A Balance Sheet (1967).
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