James Cameron (journalist)

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Mark James Cameron (1911-07-171985-01-26) was a British journalist, travel-writer and historian, whose work bears the impress of his socialist and pacifist convictions.


  • The fabulous Eva, Government Glad-Hand Girl No. 1 of the extravagant political novelette that is Argentina.
  • When Nikita Khrushchev wrapped himself in the bloody mantle of the Czars he broke Hungary, he broke the little Communist parties over the western world, and he broke the hearts of many honest men who had trusted a little too far, a little too long.
  • I like the evening in India, the one magic moment when the sun balances on the rim of the world, and the hush descends, and ten thousand civil servants drift homeward on a river of bicycles, brooding on the Lord Krishna and the cost of living.
  • Much of my life seems in retrospect to have been spent in the company of putative national leaders passing through the process of being denounced and imprisoned for sedition, as part of the inevitable progression towards the Prime Ministership and the ritual tea-party at Windsor Castle.
    • Point of Departure (London: Arthur Barker, 1967) p. 295.
  • NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Where else but in Texas would men set up to administer space?
  • The new world will be a place of answers and no questions, because the only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.
    • Cameron Country, broadcast on BBC TV, July 12, 1969.
  • I do not know why journalists insist on calling their stuff "pieces", when they are in fact little entities, attempting to have beginnings, middles and endings.
    • The Best of Cameron (Sevenoaks: New English Library, 1981) p. 49. ISBN 0450048810.

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