Croswell Bowen: A Writer’s Life, a Daughter’s Portrait is the life story of a journalist who wrote his way through the major events of the mid-twentieth century.
Tracing the trajectory of my father’s life from1905 to 1971, I follow the path left by him as he wrote about the Wall Street crash of 1929, the Great Depression, World War II, the McCarthy era, the presidency of John F. Kennedy, and the Vietnam War.
In what has been called “a riveting account of the life and times of an American journalist”, I was able to find my father and know him better through his work at the intersections of journalism, democracy, and liberalism.
As a writer he was shaped by his conviction that finding the right stories and telling them with the right words could create a better world. He wrote about criminals, poverty, illness, discrimination; all, matters of social injustice. While advancing causes he believed in and lending a voice to the less fortunate, he struggled to maintain his marriage and provide for his family. There were mistakes and failures in both his professional and personal life, but through all them, I always knew he was waging a valiant fight to maintain bold moral integrity.