Excerpt: In just a few short years, a small group of private citizens had attempted to deal with the greatest threat to humanity that we’ve ever faced. The stakes were no less than life on earth and the chutzpah of our small group of collaborators bordered on the psychotic. We were tilting at windmills that would have made Don Quixote cringe with fear. But while we were not solely responsible for any of the outcomes, we did make signifi cant contributions to some historic developments—the rise of a massive grass-roots campaign for peace, a diverse and robust citizen diplomacy movement and breakthrough television exchanges that allowed hundreds of millions of Russians and Americans to get to know each other, thereby helping shape the political context for an end to the Cold War.
David Hoffman is “the libertarian godfather of independent news media around the world.”
David Hoffman, “the man the experts of post-Soviet media call the ‘non-profi t Ted Turner.’”
“My therapist says I have a grandiosity complex,” Hoffman says. “It’s true. Evelyn [Messinger] thinks I want power myself. I don’t think I want power. I want influence. If I wanted power, I’d be in Washington. Power is too much work. I’m a dilettante. I’m an effete activist. I want to be in California with my massage table.”
—Johns Hopkins Magazine