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We Chose to Speak of War and Strife

The World of the Foreign Correspondent

John Simpson

Bloomsbury Publishing

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ISBN10: 1408872226
ISBN13: 9781408872222


384 Pages



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John Simpson, distinguished foreign correspondent, brings a fascinating history of what it is like to risk life and limb to bring home news of the troubled world.

These stories from the last two hundred years celebrate an endangered tradition. Where once dispatches 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.

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife brings us pivotal moments in history—from the Crimean War to Tiananmen Square and Sarajevo—through the eyes of those who witnessed them, and the astonishing tales of what it took to report them. Weaving in the history of the great correspondents who went before him, such as Alan Moorhead, Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway and Charles Wheeler, and offering extraordinary accounts from Simpson's own lifetime on the frontlines, this is a deeply personal book from a master of the profession.

About the author

John Simpson

John Simpson is the BBC's World Affairs Editor. He has twice been the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year. He has also won three BAFTAs, including the Richard Dimbleby Award in 1991 and the News and Current Affairs award in 2000 for his coverage, with the BBC News team, of the Kosovo conflict. He has written four bestselling volumes of autobiography: Strange Places, Questionable People; A Mad World, My Masters; News from No Man's Land; and, most recently, Not Quite World's End. He has also written a childhood memoir, Days from a Different World, and an account of contemporary Iraq, The Wars Against Saddam. He lives in Oxford.