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A Measure of Danger: The Memoirs of Legendary War Correspondent Michael Nicholson: Memoirs of a British War Correspondent [Kindle Edition]

Michael Nicholson
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Over the past 25 years, Michael Nicholson has covered more wars and conflicts than almost any other TV reporter. Vietnam and Cambodia, Israel and Lebanon, Cyprus and Soweto, Angola and the Falklands – Michael Nicholson reported them all.



A Measure of Danger is a classic insider's account of the men who fight and those who report the fighting, of the brave and the foolish, the leaders and the led, the victors and the victims. Above all, it is an ironic, vivid and unforgettable testament to the brutality and the futility of war.



This ebook edition has been updated to include the Gulf Wars – his reporting of which led to Michael Nicholson being awarded the OBE – and his return to the Falklands in 2012.


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About the Author

Michael Nicholson is one of the world’s most travelled and most decorated television foreign correspondents. He has braved 18 war zones over the past 40 years, picking up a host of awards. Michael is a familiar face in Britain’s homes as a former anchor of ITV’s Evening News and a correspondent for long-running current affairs series Tonight. He has won numerous British and international awards for his reports – from Biafra, Cyprus and Vietnam – and has twice been named the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year. For his coverage of the Falklands War he was given the prestigious Richard Dimbleby Award by BAFTA. In 1991, Michael was awarded the OBE for his reporting of the Gulf War. His books include The Partridge Kite, Red Joker, December Ultimatum, Pilgrims Rest, Across the Limpopoand his memoir A Measure of Danger. His book Natasha’s Story, the gripping account of how he bought an orphan from war-torn Bosnia home to the UK, was made into the Hollywood film Welcome to Sarajevo in 1997.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4557 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Apostrophe Books; Revised edition edition (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4D0426
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dangerous Occupation 8 Feb. 2014
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I found this book quite harrowing to read because the author includes graphic descriptions of the many instances of man's inhumanity to man that he witnessed during his coverage of the various conflicts he visited. The book is well written apart from some silly spelling errors, one or two of which are unintentionally comical and should have been edited out. I found the book useful as aide memoire as I had forgotten some of the background to these conflicts and it was interesting and informative to read the author's 'inside' story of his involvement in these wars in various countries around the world. I would recommend the book to anyone interested in discovering what is involved in being a war correspondent and how Michael became one of the best in recent times.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK I suppose. 18 May 2015
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This is a very personalised view and whilst Mr Nicholson has some very interesting stories to tell, some are factually incorrect, for instance in Cyprus in 1974 he states HMS Devonshire being in Akrotiri bay evacuating civilians when it was HMS Hampshire (I was serving on her at the time). The implication in the last chapter is that we lost more ships than we actually did, Glamorgan and Glasgow were most certainly not lost, damaged yes, but battered and defiant, both vessels made it home, although sadly, not all of their crews. The RN did much better than he seems willing to concede, despite the paucity of ciws.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading. 26 Dec. 2013
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This book brought back long lost memories from wars I had l forgotten about and had passed into history. He has a wealth of inside knowledge exposing the lies about the war in Iraq, when we all knew it was about OIL.
His account of the Vietnam war is unsurpassed, I have read many accounts of that war mostly written by Americans which I took with a large pinch of scepticism.
He was not afraid of exposing politicians who took us to war for their own ends, Bush and Blair spring to mind. What a callous pair of bas***ds they are.
I am an ex soldier and many of comrades lie in graves because of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 16 Nov. 2013
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I picked this up as part of a group of books for a holiday read. It is a little out of date now as a lot of the detail is from the 70's and 80's but I remember a lot of the incidents through the years. It is very well written and easy to get through, you can't believe what Nicholson has been through, what a very interesting but dangerous life. If it wasn't for these guys we wouldn't know the half of what happens in the world.

A great read!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. 28 Mar. 2015
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Michael Nicholson is a legend. He was for years a front line reporter and saw more action and brutality than most soldiers. His endurance (eg walking 1200 miles in the Angolan bush), his ingenuity and his modesty are indeed legend. He writes well, and simply, and explains the background to the conflicts. His sense of humour and the ridiculous is great. Above all he is a decent bloke who cares for his fellow man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read 14 April 2014
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It is easy to overlook the dangers that journalists are in when covering wars or skirmishes. But this really drove it home. The book lets you in to the mind sets of these people dedicated to bringing the facts to the watching world. Harrowing at times, it was one of those books that was difficult to put down once started.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and compelling 25 Jun. 2014
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gives an unflinching view of the hardships and perils faced by the war correspondent. a terrible insight into the horrors man has indicted on each other in the name religion ,greed and righteousness
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Bloke Good book 16 Jan. 2014
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Really enjoyed it I didnt realise that War correspondents put themselves at risk so much no wonder so many of them get killed.
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