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Twenty Tales from the War Zone: The Best of John Simpson (Quick Reads) Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330449990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330449991
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a Quick Read specially published for World Book Day, bestselling author and internationally renowned BBC journalist John Simpson shares some of his amazing stories from the many wars he has covered, from Northern Ireland to Iraq, from Kosovo to Kabul.

About the Author

John Simpson is the BBC's World Affairs Editor. He has twice been the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year and won countless other major television awards. He has written several books, including four volumes of autobiography, Strange Places, Questionable People , A Mad World, My Masters, News from No Man's Land and, most recently, Days from a Different World. The Wars Against Saddam, his compelling account of the West's relationship with Iraq and his two decades reporting on that relationship encompassing two Gulf Wars and the fall of Saddam Hussein, is also published by Pan Macmillan. He lives in London with his South African wife, Dee, and their son, Rafe.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 20 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
Read this book in one day and in one read. I forsook 2 episodes of my favourite TV sitcom just to read this book. Reading a good fictional Crichton novel is one thing but reading the real 'McCoy' from John Simpson who has cheated death more often than Fidel Castro is something else. Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan ; Simpson must have at least seen the colours of the Pearly Gates . He keeps the narrative simple, and you witness how he matures as his journalistic career progresses.
Scoops with Gadhaffi, Saddam, Khomeini,Bokassa and Osama show this guy has guts.He is at an age where most people water their lawns but instead whets our appetites for quality news.
Enough said; writing this review prompts me for a reread and it's already late.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Saul Richman on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
If you've not read John Simpson's books then this is a perfect starting point.

If, like me, you're a bit of a fan then this is a very nice work and can be read in a few hours, yet the memories will stay with you for weeks.

And like Simpson himself, I too had a nightmare about the IRA man's chilling words to him at the Funeral.

If I say anymore, I'll give too much away!

Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lance Mitchell on 2 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Twenty recent historic events are brought to life by John Simpson in this book as he tells each story from its very core. These tales make easy reading and they cannot fail to stir deep emotions in every reader. The pace is fast and the stories are short and punchy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly Seagram on 7 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
Having read most of John Simpson's books, I looked forward to another interesting read. I was however disappointed and not to put too fine a point on it, felt somewhat conned.

The book was quite thin and the print large with several pages at the back devoted to publicising other (Quick Reads) Without those the book would have been extremely thin and hardly worth printing particularly as most of the stories were repeats from previous books.

I cannot believe that John Simpson with his vast experience of war zones and journeys into the unknown, would not have new stories to tell.

I feel it was a cynical exercise by both publishers and John to make a bit of extra money and while I have great respect for him, I do feel somewhat let down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Rabab on 27 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
In just few pages, John Simpson takes the reader into a journey through some of the most significant events that shaped the lives of millions in Europe and the Middle East, i.e. the fall of the Berlin wall, the 2nd Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Islamic revolution in Iran, and the Bush's wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to the above events, the book contains few chapters describing Simpson's encounters with a number of prominent figures such as Nelson Mandel, Princess Diana, Colonel Gadhafi and Osama Bin Ladin.

Although the chapters are short (5 pages each), they tend to concentrate on a specific aspect within the event, focusing on the human element of the story, engaging the reader and invoking emotions.

Having been a fan of John Simpson's journalism, this book has certainly lived up to my expectations. Thoroughly enjoyable, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willb42 on 15 Dec. 2008
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Having read John Simpsons 'going to the wars' and enjoying it thoroughly i was a bit dissapointed with this read. Okay, as advertised, 'short stories', but these are too short, interesting reads but they felt a bit like showboating and didn't feel succinct.
John has always appealed to me greatly as a journalist, these don't do him justice, he should of invested more time, it feels like they have been knocked out on a long haul flight. Sorry John, i am going to have to re-read your first mentioned book i think.
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By david tea on 28 Mar. 2013
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Read most of his experiences with real interest,this is a good read for someone unfamiliar with him as these are extracts from his other books. John Simpson and Robert Fisk are two journalists that are a "must" for anybody with an interest in world affairs.
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Did not take long to read, clue is in the title, but a fascinating insight into his life's work.
I would love to have a beer or two with John Simpson and listen to his stories.
Reading this book had now got me interested in reading more of his work.
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