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The Faber Book of Reportage [Paperback]

John Carey
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7 Oct 1996

What was it like to be caught in the firestorm that destroyed Pompeii? To have dinner with Attila the Hun? To watch the charge of the Light Brigade? To see the Titanic slide beneath the waves? John Carey's best-selling Faber Book of Reportage draws its eyewitness account from memoirs, travel books and newspapers. This is history with the varnish removed.

'A quite stunning collection. There are descriptions in this book so fresh that they sear themselves into the imagination.' Jeremy Paxman


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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (7 Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571141633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571141630
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Carey is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University. His books include studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding., John Carey is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts? and a life of William Golding.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally gripping, fascinating and entertaining 8 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book has large numbers of very 'rave' reviews on the cover, and indeed it is one of the most extraordinarily interesting books you could hope to read. You can open it at any page and be instantly gripped. As an anthology with a mixture of shorter and longer reports across most of human history, it has lots to interest anyone. I've recommended it as presents for people (which can be difficult with books) and they always love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to capture the imagination at any time 11 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
If, like me, you sometimes find yourself struggling to lose yourself in a book (or cannot find a book that draws you in), this is for you. A collection of journalistic pieces covering great and mundane events from 430 BC to 1986 AD, from reports on the eruption of Vesuvius to the Fire of London to the first landing on the moon, The Faber Book of Reportage will captivate you. All the better for the excellence of the writing (authors include Julius Caesar, Josephus, Charles Dickens, Captain Scott, and more), and for the enthralling realisation that the happenings described actually occurred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insights 28 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
The Faber Book of Reportage: A book full of fascinating details and insights for anyone even just slightly historically minded. Well written, absorbing and very interesting, at the same time easy to read and entertaining. I can highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 11 Dec 2012
By Mr MJB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Received this book as a gift and have subsequently bought it for two other people. Found it fascinating to read eye witness accounts by journalists and lay people present at major historic events throughout the centuries. It is the sort of book that is ideal for dipping in and out of whilst maybe reading other books as most of the entries are only a few paragraphs or a few pages. Some very graphic accounts and some very moving accounts
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reportage supreme. 8 Nov 2012
By ingeli
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Whether history fascinates you or not this is a very unique collection of contemporary 'reports' on various well known points in our world's chequered history and man's seemingly destructive road to ruin. This is a volume that belongs in everyone's library.
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