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The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2008
The age of the warrior, contains a collection of selected writings from Robert Fisk's articles that were published in the Independent during the period spanning between August 1998 and January 2008. The book contains over one hundred articles, which are grouped according to their common theme rather than the publication's date. There are 12 themes in total and they cover topics related to the war in Iraq, Lebanon, The Jewish Holocaust, the Armenian's genocide and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The author has also included a couple of thought provoking themes about the misuse and abuse of language in today's reporting on events related to the Middle East and the relationship between blockbuster feature films and the reality that they are supposed to portray.

Robert Fisk is passionate about the issues that he writes about, and this comes across very clearly to the reader throughout the book. Unlike the majority of reporters today, who are doing their best to fall in line and conform (unquestionably) to the ideals of the state and authority, Mr Fisk provide an independent and honest view on the various topics that he covers; especially in relation to crimes against humanity, where he is dedicated to exposing and criticising the offenders regardless of their nationality or religion.

Although the articles are mainly focused on political events and personalities, there are number of articles that give the reader a brief glimpse into the private world of Robert Fisk through some childhood events and his early days in journalism.

Overall, this is a great collection of articles; educational, informative and a valuable resource for anyone who has an interest in the politics of the Middle East or journalism in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2010
As some of the other reviewers have already noted,this isn't as good as "Pity The Nation" and/or "The Great war For Civilisation".Faithful readers of "The Independent" may give it a miss as most,if not all,of this was originally published there.
The rest of us may find some suprises here.Fisky ruminating about his journalistic apprenticeship in Newcastle,his amateur film criticism,more writing about his family-following on from one of the themes in "The Great War For Civilisation"-are not what you expect from him,and there is a fair whack of his weekly columns from Beirut commenting on the latest follies of the Middle East.
Contrary to what his enemies allege,it's clear from this that Fisk despises dictators and authoritarians in the Middle East as much as meddling outsiders.US readers may be suprised that Fisk isn't a deranged anti-Israeli,his criticisms are based on fact and reason.
Despite all that, I'd save up the pennies and buy "The Great War For Civilisation"-far better all round,if a fair bit more expensive.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2009
Robert Fisk is one of the leading journalists in the world today writing on international politics and events, in particular as they relate to the Middle East, where he has lived for over two decades and has been a star correspondent. "The Age of the Warrior" is the title for this collection of his essays and articles in The Independent, his current newspaper, since he left the The Times when Australian right-wing magnate Rupert Murdoch bought it.

The articles for the most part dwell on the usual themes one would expect from Robert Fisk: the war-mongering, mendacity and hypocrisy on the part of the Western governments, be they American or British, German or French, with regard to the Middle East; the failures of the various Arab governments to be more than corrupt lids on the explosive mixture contained within their nations; the senseless violence and loss of life suffered in the area as well as all over the world due to political incompetence and imperialist malice alike in the past century; and more of that kind. However, unlike his two major books, "Pity the Nation" (Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War) and "The Great War for Civilization" (The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East), Fisk in this book is more reflective than angry in many cases, and the topics are broader in range as a result. He reflects (more) on his father and grandfather's legacies in the military, on earlier catastrophes such as World War I and the loss of the Titanic, and so on. Interesting is the addition of some cultural articles, in particular a collection of movie reviews, as well as some comments on journalism and even football.

In all of this, Fisk is his usual self, with his by now familiar 'cool anger', strong moral judgement, and fearlessness, as well as his tendency to put himself and his own reflections on events in the foreground more than the events themselves. Since Fisk is one of the best popularly accessible, non-academic writers on the political world of today, this book is very worth reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2009
Robert Fisk is one of the most respected journalists writing today, and this book is up to his usual standard. Uncovering the real stories behind what you see in the media, The Age of the Warrior challenges and a result change my perception of world events.

The book contains over one hundred articles and cover topics related to the war in Iraq, Lebanon, the Armenian's genocide and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Fisk also included a couple of thought provoking themes about the misuse and abuse of language in today's reporting on events related to the Middle East and the Arab world.

Robert Fisk is fervent about the issues that he writes about, and this comes across very clearly to the reader throughout the book. Unlike the majority of reporters today, who are doing their best to fall in line and conform to the ideals of the state and authority, Fisk provide an independent and honest view on the various topics that he covers; especially in relation to crimes against humanity, where he is dedicated to exposing and criticising the offenders regardless of their nationality or religion. The USA and Great Britain in particular, self reputed homes of democracy and freedom have their true colours exposed by Fisk's tireless and thorough research, and documentation. In reading this book you will in turns be aghast at the cruelty of our governments foreign policies, disgusted by the rhetoric politicians have spewed to "justify" their actions, but equally if not more importantly uplifted by true tales of the courage of many people around the world who stand up for justice and human rights while governments turn their backs.

I can't encourage people enough to read this and wake up to what our elected governments are doing on our behalf around the world. Don't go through life in a propaganda induced wave, but question what is going on and why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2009
The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings

Thoughtful, incisive insightful as one would expect of Fisk. Never afraid to give the real story. An excellent companion book to The Great War for Civilisation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Robert Fisk is a master of his craft, this book shows his skill as a journalist, if you wish to understand the Middle East, buy this book with The Road to civilisation and Pity the Nation.
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on 27 November 2012
A great collection of Fisk articles that give you a real sense of what he is about. Within it he covers aspects of the middle-east as you'd expect but also touches on many other subjects.

Fisk is a fine example of the honesty and integrity that is missing from the generic, message managed, mainstream media that is so hard to escape from these days.
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on 12 August 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fisk's column in the Independent newspaper and also his history of the Middle East, so I got this as a 'dip in, read a bit, skip a bit' holiday read. It was so utterly brilliant and interesting that I read it from cover to cover, before the holiday!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Robert Fisks book is different than his others, a selection of articles and writings dating from before 2000 to the present year 2008, relating to the Middle East.
Reading it one can see the story unfold, the plots, sub plots, and chapters new in the story of the conquest of the Middle East, where events affect us here in Britain, warping our minds enough for us to wish total annihilation upon our 'enemy' - hence we live in the 'Age of the Warrior', where we're all involved!
As usual it's riveting reading, Fisks writing style is beyond any other journalist I've come across before and hits you right between the eyes with its brutal portrayal of reality. A brilliant work, enlightening and honest.
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on 20 August 2013
Excellent book. If this man was a leading politician we more than likely wouldn't have a Middle East Crisis. Sadly he's just a brilliant journalist instead.
A must read for any xenophobic who wants to blame it all on those 'muslims".
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