We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent (Paperback)John Simpson (author)
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We Chose to Speak of War and Strife brings us pivotal moments in our history - from the Crimean War to Vietnam; the siege of Sarajevo to the fall of Baghdad - through the eyes of those who risked life and limb to witness them first hand, and the astonishing tales of what it took to report them.
These stories celebrate an endangered tradition. Where once despatches were trusted to the hands of a willing sea-captain, telegraph operator or stranger in an airport queue prepared to spirit a can of undeveloped film back to London, today the digital realm has transformed the relaying of the news - even if the work of gathering it in the field has changed little.
Weaving the tales of the greats of yesterday and today, such as Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, Don McCullin and Marie Colvin, with extraordinary accounts from his own lifetime on the frontlines, this is a deeply personal book from a master of the profession, the most distinguished foreign correspondent of our time.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 334 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
So vivid I could feel my heart beating -- Jonathan Mirksy * Spectator on 'Strange Places, Questionable People' *
The range of his travels is staggering ... Never less than entertaining, sometimes moving and often funny * Sunday Telegraph on 'Mad World, My Masters' *
Great stories sold with great gusto -- Jon Snow * Daily Mail on 'News from No Man's Land' *
By far the most comprehensive and readable account to date -- Christina Lamb * Sunday Times on 'The Wars Against Saddam' *
Superlative ... Tangy, sensuous prose ... The rationed, soot-black world of the late 1940s is beautifully evoked * Sunday Times on 'Days from a Different World *
The grand maverick ... at his rumbustious, grumpy, humorous best * Daily Telegraph on 'Not Quite World's End' *
Beautifully crafted, way above the normal ruck of telly memoirs -- Lynn Barber on 'Strange Places, Questionable People' and 'A Mad World, My Masters' * Observer *
Deeply personal * The Week *
His accounts of, among others, William Howard Russell, Clare Hollingworth, Martha Gellhorn and more recently, Brian Barron, Kate Adie, Anthony Loyd and Robert Fisk are by turns amusing, harrowing and poignant -- Christine Toomey * Times Literary Supplement *
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