J. Southworth

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Larry Burrows: Vietnam by Larry Burrows
Larry Burrows: Vietnam by Larry Burrows
Larry Burrows is an interesting figure in photographic history. His death in a helicopter crash near the Laotian border in 1971 marked the end of a notable career and coincided with the end of the era of mass communication in which photojournalism was the primary medium, it's role having been largely taken over by television. Burrows was perhaps the last old school war photographer, as epitomised by Robert Capa, whose negatives of the D-Day landings he once accidently ruined as a young lab technician. Fellow professionals were amazed by his fastidiousness over his standard of dress and personal hygiene as well as his methodical approach to his work. Like Capa, Burrows would go to almost any… Read more
Salvador (Classics of Reportage) by Joan Didion
Imagine a country one tenth the size of the UK, with a population of about 5 million, where five seperate marxist guerrilla movements are simultaneously waging war against the US backed government. Where the bodies of victims of political killings are literally part of the scenery, turning up in popular beauty spots as well as in parking lots, bus stations and by the roadside. This is of course the standard image of El Salvador in the 1980s, so it is to her credit that Didion manages to describe a real country with real people, a real history and a real culture, albeit one in which violence and extremism feature prominently. There are even moments of humour, for example when a Danish film… Read more
Washington's War on Nicaragua by Holly Sklar
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The title of this book betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the Nicaragua-Contra War. The US Government paid for the Contras' weapons and supplies, but if they thought they ever owned the Contras, they were mistaken as became clear when they tried to pressure them into improving their human rights record. Sklar's characterisation of the Contras is also questionable. Some may have fought for money, but with the exception of their leadership, they fought for a lot less money than British or American mercenaries, for example, would have demanded.
Like other writers before her, Sklar makes much of the CIA's notorious Contra training manuals, implying in effect that the Contras did'nt… Read more