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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224090267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224090261
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.5 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`extraordinary book'. --Time Out

"If nothing else in the Imperial War Museum can persuade you of the unbearable [...] war, McCullin's photographs surely must" --Peace News

`A fascinating insight into a life lived on the edge'
--Soldier

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A remarkable visual document of war and warfare to accompany a major new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, appearing from 6 February - 13 June 2010.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Tyler on 3 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
An excellent introduction to the work of Don McCullin combined with an abridged autobigraphy. However, if you already own any or all of Don's earlier books then this will just be going over old ground.

As a stand-alone piece of work I've awarded this 5 stars - the printing is of excellent quality (Hardback edition) and the chosen images illustrate Don McCullin's catalogue of work very well. The writing is a very easy to read style, even if the content (and the accompanying images) can be somewhat harrowing.

If, taking into account the comments above, you choose to purchase this book then I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. R. Eden on 8 Feb. 2010
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Superb book beautifully printed and designed. I have all of Don's other books, so it is great to see some of his less well-known pictures, especially the colour work. The text is obviously taken from extensive interviews and there are some great insights. It is also great to see the pictures shown in there published context with captions and a two page spread of contact sheets from the Battle of Hue. This is a perfect accompaniment to the Imperial War Museums superb traveling exhibition starting in Manchester, England.
A must for all students and practitioners of photojournalism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ibraar 'Le Saracen' TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2010
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Don McCullin is my all time favorite Photographer, I have a collection of his hardback books now and they're all brilliant! This is no exception. I wont bother adding much more to the review as what needs to be said has been said by the other reviewers who have given in 5 stars!

If you admire Don McCullin, and admire brilliant reportage photography and photography in general - buy it!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ed Macy on 12 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I thought by purchasing this book I would own a copy of some of the world's most iconic photographs. I wanted it to be slice of Don himself. I wanted punchy, gutsy, shocking images full of passion, desperation and raw emotion. I wanted to be transported into the world of the greatest photojournalist. This was to be a coffee table book to browse through too.

When I opened it and began reading I was more blown Away than some of the unlucky men Don captured!
I got far more than I'd bargained for and Don did not fail to deliver on my expectations.

The narrative accompanying the photographs bring them to life in a way that takes your breath away. Not only do I now have an amazing collection of superb journalistic images on my coffee table, I can also understand and appreciate what they're about and what Don was doing when the image presented itself to him. Knowing why he took a specfic photograph is more important than the photograph itself. I was so engrossed I read the entire book in one sitting and crept into bed in the early hours. My mind was racing that much I hardly slept. The narrative has not been constructed as I would have expected! It jumps backwards and forwards in time occasionally and is crafted from multiple interviews. The non-conformist way in which it has been written does not detract at all though. If anything, I find it pleasing and personal. It's written as though your sat with Don, and as we turn a page to see another photograph he tells you all about it. You get more than a slice of Don in this most memorable of books, you get a full-on one-to-one about each and every image.

There's little point in reviewing the photographs really. You're reading this because you're intriged to find out what people think of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR D A GREENE on 28 May 2013
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Don McCullin - quite simply, is a very special human-being whose work is something that should be seen by everyone.
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