Fierce Ambition

The Life and Legend of War Correspondent Maggie Higgins

Narrated by EJ Lavery
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Pub Date 19 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 12 Dec 2023

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Marguerite Higgins was both the scourge and envy of the journalistic world. A longtime reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, she first catapulted to fame with her dramatic account of the liberation of Dachau at the end of World War II. Brash, beautiful, ruthlessly competitive, and sexually adventurous, she forced her way to the front despite being told the combat zone was no place for a woman. While the Herald Tribune exploited her feminine appeal-regularly featuring the photogenic "girl reporter" on its front pages-it was Maggie's dogged determination, talent for breaking news, and unwavering ambition that brought her success from one war zone to another. Her notoriety soared during the Cold War, and her daring dispatches from Korea garnered a Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence-the first granted to a woman for frontline reporting. A star reporter, she became part of the Kennedy brothers' Washington circle, though her personal alliances and politics provoked bitter feuds with male rivals, who vilified her until her untimely death. Drawing on new and extensive research, journalist and historian Jennet Conant restores Maggie's rightful place in history as a woman who paved the way for the next generation of journalists, and one of the greatest war correspondents of her time.

Marguerite Higgins was both the scourge and envy of the journalistic world. A longtime reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, she first catapulted to fame with her dramatic account of the...


Advance Praise

"[A] mesmerizing, meticulously researched biography.... Higgins was only 45 when she died on Jan. 3, 1966. Ms. Conant’s book has brought her back to life." ―Andrew Nagorski, Wall Street Journal

"Higgins’s life is now rendered in full, no longer lost to the march of male-dominated history." ―Helene Stapinski, Washington Post

"Kept me turning the pages because this true story is more compelling than most novels.... A tale of triumph over almost insurmountable odds." ―Sandy Kenyon, WABC-TV

"[A] mesmerizing, meticulously researched biography.... Higgins was only 45 when she died on Jan. 3, 1966. Ms. Conant’s book has brought her back to life." ―Andrew Nagorski, Wall Street Journal
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