The early life and trailblazing career of one of
the twentieth century’s most remarkable female journalists
In this fascinating memoir, Ruth Gruber recalls her first
twenty-five years, from her youth in Brooklyn to her astonishing
academic accomplishments and groundbreaking journalistic career.
She shares her experiences entering New York University at fifteen
and just five years later becoming the world’s youngest person to
earn a PhD. She recounts her time in Cologne, Germany, studying
during Hitler’s rise to power, and her adventures in Europe and the
Arctic as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune.
Spirited and compelling, Ahead of Time is a striking account
of the early years of a woman at the center of the twentieth
century’s turning points.
“Ruth Gruber is an adventure in herself.” —New York Herald
“You couldn't invent Ruth Gruber . . . not even in a movie."
—Richard Holbrooke, Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Title : Ahead of Time: My Early Years as a Foreign Correspondent
Author: Gruber, Ruth
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication Date: 2010
Ruth Gruber (1911–2016) was an award-winning Jewish American
journalist, photographer, and humanitarian. Born in Brooklyn in
1911, she was the author of nineteen books, including the National
Jewish Book Award–winning biography Raquela (1978). She also
wrote several memoirs documenting her astonishing experiences,
among them Ahead of Time (1991), Inside of Time
(2002), and Haven (1983), which documents her role in the
rescue of one thousand refugees from Europe and their safe
transport to America. Gruber passed away in 2016 at the age of