by Robert Fisk - £18.99 HarperCollins Publishers (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781841150086 | ISBN 10: 1841150088
Rarely have first-hand reporting and history been so powerfully combined than in Robert Fisk's epic story of tragedy and betrayal in the Middle East. As his narrative of bloodshed and cruelty unfolds in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Palestine, and other battlefields, the carnage of September 11th 2001, and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime take on a new and frightening meaning.
Fisk has been on the battlefront of the Middle East's conflicts for 29 years, and his devastating accounts of human suffering are now read around the world. His eye-witness testimony of the horrors of modern warfare is laced with both suspicion and anger.
This is no chronology of Middle East history but a passionate outcry against the lies and deceit that have sent soldiers to their deaths and killed tens of thousands of men and women - Arab, Christian and Jew - over the past century. It is also a chronicle of journalists at war, of the rage, humour and frustration of the correspondents who spend their lives reporting the first draft of history, of their occasional courage - and sometimes their deaths.
It is also a deeply personal memoir that moves from Fisk's own presence on the front lines of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to the experience of his father, 2nd Lt. Bill Fisk, in the trenches of the Somme in 1918. In the months that followed the First World War, the victors drew the borders of Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia, and much of the Middle East; Robert Fisk has spent his entire career watching the people within these borders die.
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In booklists: Iraq, Israel & Palestine, Experiences of War - Civilians, USA: Foreign Policy, War & Imperialism, Middle East, World History - Middle East, War Crimes, USA and the Middle East, In categories: World - Middle East, Jewish Diaspora, Peace & Human Rights, World - North America, History & Biography,