Mr Jones - The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Martin Shipton’s biography is a much needed and welcome contribution to our understanding of Jones’ experiences and his life
Mick Antoniw MS


'Gareth Jones knew too much of what was going on...  He had a passion for finding out what was happening in foreign lands wherever there was trouble, and in pursuit of his investigations he shrank from no risk... Nothing escaped his observation, and he allowed no obstacle to turn from his course when he thought that there was some fact, which he could obtain. He had the almost unfailing knack of getting at things that mattered.'                                                               

David Lloyd George

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Foreword

1. The Young Mr Jones
   The Talented Linguist from Barry

2. European Visits
    The Well-Travelled Student

3. Westminster
    Working For Lloyd George

4. United States of America
    Ivy Lee and the Art of Public Relations

5. Foreign Affairs Advisor
    Reunited With Lloyd George

6. Weimar Germany
     The Rise of the Nazis

7.  Soviet Union
     Eyewitness to Famine in Ukraine

8.  Making Headlines
     Breaking News of the Holodomor

9.  Betrayal
      The Denigration of Gareth Jones

10. Nazi Germany
       The Horrors of Fascism

11. Wales and Ireland
       Contrasting Celtic Nationalisms

12. The Round the World Trip
       The Final Journey

13. Mongolia
       Death and Intrigue

14.  Barry
        A Town in Mourning

Epilogue - Anti-Semitism and Accusations of Nazi Sympathies
Afterword Legacy and the Battle for Truth
Appendix 1 The Holodomor - Did Stalin Target Ukraine
Appendix 2 Walter Duranty - The Betrayal of Journalism
Appendix 3 Animal Farm - Was Gareth Jones George Orwell's Mr Jones?

Index
Bibliography

Murdered in Mongolia in 1935 on the orders of Stalin, the Welsh investigative journalist Gareth Jones is a national hero in Ukraine for reporting the truth about the Holodomor (the Soviet Union’s politically-driven famine that killed millions) and is widely believed to be the inspiration for the character Mr Jones in George Orwell's Animal Farm.

A graduate of Aberystwyth, Strasbourg and Cambridge universities, Jones - who spoke five languages - was talented, well-connected and determined to discover the truth behind the momentous political events of the post-war period. He travelled widely to report on  Mussolini's Italy, the fledgling Irish Free State, the Depression-ravaged United States, and was the first foreign journalist to travel with Hitler and Goebbels after the Nazis had taken power in Germany.

 Jones' quest for truth also drew him to the Soviet Union in 1934 where his reporting of the Holodomor incurred the wrath of Stalin. The following year, on the eve of his 30th birthday, Jones was shot dead by Chinese communist bandits with links to the NKVD, the Soviet Union's secret police, and is buried in his hometown of Barry in Wales.

Now the subject of Mr Jones, a feature film that depicts his battle against the Kremlin's 'fake news' agenda of famine denial, The Man Who Knew Too Much, is the first biography of Gareth Jones and reveals the remarkable yet tragically short life of this fascinating and iconic character who pioneered the role of investigative journalism.

Martin Shipton is Chief Reporter of the Western Mail. His previous books include Political Chameleon - In Search of George Thomas (Welsh Academic Press, 2017).

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