American journalist and news broadcaster Dorothy Thompson (July 9, 1893 – January 30, 1961) was one of the most respected women of her time. The first woman to head a foreign news bureau of any importance, she met and interviewed Adolf Hitler in 1931, and three years later became the first journalist to be expelled from Nazi Germany. Featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1939, Thompson was declared to be, along with Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most influential women in the U.S. In addition to writing for several publications and broadcasting for NBC radio, she authored over 20 books.
“No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument [of] the Incorporated National Will. … When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American. And nobody will ever say ‘Heil’ to him, nor will they call him ‘Führer’ or ‘Duce’. But they will greet him with one great big, universal, democratic, sheeplike bleat of ‘O.K., Chief! Fix it like you wanna, Chief! Oh Kaaaay!'” (Dorothy Thompson, 1935)