Castro and Stockmaster is Michael Nelson’s fascinating memoir and covers his time with Reuters when he travelled throughout the world and met many heads of state.
The most extraordinary meeting was the night he and his wife spent in Havana with Fidel Castro, President of Cuba, which had a remarkable denouement, recounted here for the first time.
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The son of a carpenter, Michael Nelson read history at Magdalen College, Oxford before joining Reuters as a trainee. He was initially posted to Asia. He was made the global head of Reuters economic services in London at the age of 33. In 1964 Michael Nelson acquired the rights outside North America to an American system of computerised financial information called Stockmaster. Reuters computerised financial information services transformed the fortunes of the company and the newspapers that owned it. The proceeds of the public offering of Reuter shares in 1984 gave new life to British newspapers, enabling many in Fleet Street to move to well equipped premises in Docklands.
Michael Nelson’s memoir will appeal to anyone interested in the media and international finance and is a unique account of the development of Reuters over the last 60 years.
Profits from the sales of this book will go to the charity SOS Children, Pakistan. The donation is in recognition of the taxi driver who saved Michael Nelson’s life in Karachi when he was attacked in an anti-British riot during the Suez crisis.
Michael Nelson has written five books – War of the Black Heavens: The Battles of Western Broadcasting in the Cold War (Syracuse University Press and Brasseys, London, 1997); Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera, (I.B. Tauris, 2001); Americans and the Making of the Riviera (McFarland, 2007) Castro and Stockmaster: A Life in Reuters (Matador, 2011); and The French Riviera: A History (Matador, 2016).
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