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Frontline: The True Story of the British Mavericks Who Changed the Face of War Reporting [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

David Loyn
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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25 Aug 2005
Rory Peck, Peter Jouvenal, Vaughan Smith, and Nicholas Della Casa were the founder members of an exclusive and dangerous club: the Frontline TV News Agency. Between them, this colourful collection of adventurers and ex-army officers captured some of the key images at the end of the Cold War, and the fractured, fissile world which emerged. Two of them are now dead: killed in action. The way they lived and died was an anachronism; they were eccentrics who might have been happier fighting wars in the British Empire a century before. Instead, they brought back pictures from the worst war zones the late twentieth century had to offer. And it suited them. For the men of Frontline, how things were done was as important as what was done. All four of the founders, and those they recruited, shared the same panache, wit, and disdain for authority, planning the next trip to the Hindu Kush in the bar of the Ritz. Their story reads like a latter-day Rudyard Kipling adventure. But while their lives may have been lived as if they were still playing the Great Game, they also cared passionately about their work and the truth it conveyed. Part Bang Bang Club, part Flashman, Frontline is the gripping story of lives lived to the full in some of the worst places on earth.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; illustrated edition edition (25 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718147278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718147273
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Loyn has travelled extensively with Frontline cameramen in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. In a long career at the BBC, he has won major awards for reporting in both television and radio.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Less Ordinary 23 Aug 2005
By A Customer
If you like Peter Hopkirk's The Great Game this book is for you. We have seen it all on the news. This is a truely insightful look at the lives of the men behind the camera. It gives us a real understanding of the real stories behind the news. Written by David Loyn, the BBC's Foreign Correspondant it takes the reader through the lives and deaths of some truely remarkable news gatherers who live and lived their lives attempting to let the world really know what was going on. An exciting and gripping read that will certainly get you thinking. Very Highly recomended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Day Great Game 25 Aug 2005
By A Customer
A fantastic read. A fascinating look at the story behind the news. A story of true adventure by the unsung heros behind the news. Reminiscent of the tales of Younghusband & Colonel FM Baily and the other Great Game players
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 1 Aug 2008
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I am amazed that this book has not been more extensively commented on. It is an exceptional story about remarkable individuals written with panache by an author who clearly has great empathy with them and their work. Such a shame that pretty well all that remains is the Frontline Club because of technology and corporate practise by the big battalions in jounalism. But at least this is a totem to a bold ethos.

I commend it to anyone interested in jounalism in post-conflict environments and sheer adventure.
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By M. Harrison VINE VOICE
Few of us give much thought to how the images that accompany our evening news bulletins reach our screens. The truth is, people - people in some ways just like you and I, in some ways a breed apart - risk their lives for them. This is the true story of a team of freelance cameramen, sound men, reporters and photographers who took even more risks than most by going outside the 'pool', without the backup of the major news organisations, to bring stories from the world's most hellish pockets to our attention - always in the hope that something could be done. Many died in the attempt.

David Loyn's account of these characters is thrilling; the book is also a perspicacious guide to some of the conflicts of recent times. These are heroic stories that utterly deserved to be told, and are told with pace and aplomb; my only caveat is with the in-house editing job, which was at best sloppy, and lets down the great material unforgiveably. Penguin should go back and give it another going over; these people's stories need telling as powerfully and as professionally as possible.

That's not to say the textual problems (mostly minor, but numerous and irritating) will in any way spoil it for the general reader. It's hard to think of a more exciting read, and one that goes far beyond the shallow titillations of so-called thrillers. This is as real as it gets, and we all need to know about it. Cracking stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars war reporting 1 July 2013
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This was a great read about a small group of independent TV photographers that covered wars before the big networks could even get there. Although the "Bang Bang Club" may be better known; they mainly were still photographers. This group called Frontline News; had to get in and out with heavy TV gear and hope to be paid . Fellow journalists will learn a lot about how they did their craft and what they tried to show the world about war. The group now has a forum and club in London and still has a lot of good info on covering world events. As a TV news photographer I've always admired the freelancers go out and report without the benefits of a big company behind them
4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy books on war reporting and the post cold war ... 8 Sep 2014
By J. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
If you enjoy books on war reporting and the post cold war conflicts ( Bosnia etc) you will likely enjoy this book.
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