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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
A collection of the best works of investigative journalism from the past 60 years curated by John Pilger, arguably the best of them all.
Starting from the Second World War and a report on the aftermath of Hiroshima, through various takes on Vietnam, Iraq and other areas of terrible injsutices around the world, the book is brilliantly edited and written.
From a personal perspective I would say it is the most essential, important and terrifying book I've ever read highlighting the terrifying power held in a very few hands and the complete disregard of human suffering meted out by the corrupt regimes of the world. It engenders a feeling of intense rage, yet fills the reader with a desire to do something about it.
It should be on a school syllabus to wake up the minds of a generation who may feel helpless by a lack of quality information on how life is being controlled.
Essential.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2006
Books such as Mr Pilger's are absolutely essential in providing a true picture of the world that we are living in today. It makes for uncomfortable reading when you discover the full extent to which western governments (US and UK in particular) will lie and cheat in order to achieve an agenda that is veiled from public view. In many respects this collection of reports is unremittingly bleak, as it reveals man's enormous ability to kill and maim without conscience. However, it is only by exposing these injustices to the wider world that change for the better can be brought about.

Starting with post-Hiroshima Japan, everything in this book is still relevant today, and the powerful pieces on Palestine and Iraq provide a much needed counter-balance to the standard newspaper and TV drivel.

If you don't wish to live in the dark, read this brilliant and hugely important collection and spark debate amongst friends, relatives and colleagues. It is easy to accept the lies peddled by the mass media unless you are given an alternative way of looking at things.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2006
John Pilger is a great investigative journalist himself and so he knows what to look for when putting together an anthology of the best examples of the trade. The pieces in this book are moving eyewitness accounts of events we have all heard of. Yet these reports add so much more to our understanding of the horror and desperateness that the people in the situations felt. It is a shame that when these events are talked about the bare, hard facts are not combined with these descriptions.
Prepare to cry as the shocking reality hits you.
There is also a great introduction about the current state of journalism from Pilger. It must be admitted that this would probably be considered a 'left wing' viewpoint because of its criticism of a capitalist media, especially Rupert Murdoch. But for those who do not enjoy the introduction then the accounts will surely tug everyone's heartstrings.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2004
As a Pilger fan I found this book as brilliant as his others but with a new perspective. This time the stories are by other journalists and illustrates subjects other than those John usually writes about.
It indetifies some of the most outstanding writing of the 20th century and helps to highlight areas for further reading. It is the one of the best sources of inspiration a journalist could find..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2009
Pilger compiles 600 pages of the best investigative journalism since 1945, including his own riveting reports from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge. It's a feast of great writing. But the selection is heavy on horror -- Hiroshima, My Lai, apartheid South Africa, Palestine, Chechnya, Iraq. Or else it deals with awkward realities, like "The American Way of Death" or "Fast Food Nation." This is not the more usual feel-good, patriotic, ego-boosting sort of journalism. Pilger honors journalists who uncover things most of us would rather not know, and that many power holders have wished to keep secret. As we know, contributor Anna Politkovskaya was only one of many journalists recently eliminated for exposing such things.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2005
Australian reporter John Pilger has edited and released this compendium of great investigative journalism over the past sixty years, chronicling events from Britain to Cambodia, from Vietnam to Iraq. Like Pilger, the authors of these pieces are anti-establishment and have a knack of peering under rocks to expose corruption, deceit and abuse of power.
All of these pieces make for top-notch reading. Highlights include Martha Gellhorn's visit to Dachau; German reporter Gunter Wallraff's "Lowest of the Low", an exposure of Germany's illegal labour market; Uruguayan writer Edward Galeono's "The Upside Down World", a well argued philosophy on the how the world really works; an extra long section devoted to reporting on Iraq with pieces from writers like Robert Fisk and Jo Wilding; and the final concluding chapter from Edward W.Said, who died last year.
Riveting and thought-provoking work, this comes highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 November 2007
Not only is this a collection of great journalism, but it's a real lesson in modern history. There are a lot of stories in here that happened when I was fairly young - Lockerbie; The Miners' Strike - and which I consequently knew something of, but didn't know particularly well. The articles on these events really enhanced by knowledge of them, and the extraordinary insights and discoveries portrayed within really cast a light on a lot of events in today's world - notably the government's handling of Iraq - and the media's coverage of it.
Anna Politkovskaya's article on Chechnya, Edward Said on Islam, Jessica Mitford on the American funerals industry - a must-read for any fans of Six Feet Under - and Seumas Milne on the Miners stood out in this collection for me, although there's not a bad or dull piece in over 600 pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
`Tell Me No Lies' offers up a selection of the best investigative journalism since the second world war and starts off with a moving depiction of life in Dachau and finishes up with the scandalous second war in Iraq. Each articles or essay is introduced by Pilger and gives us a deeper insight into the conditions the article was written under and the impact it had. This looks at things as varied as the Vietnam war, the Lockerbie cover-up, miners strike, Israeli massacres of Palestinians, the Rwandan genocide and more besides. You will be left shocked at the complicity of western governments in some of the worst atrocities committed over the past 60 years and have your eyes opened to some of the worst abuses of power I have ever read of. The writing is always engaging and thought provoking and will leave you with plenty to mull over. There is also a middle photo plate section with photos of the various authors. All in all this is a shocking and worth while read.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2005
The variety of articles in this book allows the reader to experience a whole range of journalistic reporting, from the Death squads of the Aparthied, to the Khmer rouge. This book is the epphinany of truth, a tool for the open minded. A worthwhile investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2011
Sometimes when you sit down to read a book, or watch a film that has at it's centre some sort of conspiracy in the highest echelons of government, you can't help feeling - isn't this all a little far fetched ? If this was going on surely we'd know about it ? Well this book blows the lid on that.

This book is a collection of jounalistic investigation over major events of the last sixty years or so. A particular favourite of mine is the work of Paul Foot over the Lockerbie bombing, even though Mr Foot showed that the trial of the two Libyans ( the case against one was quickly dropped because he had a cast iron alibi ), was a travesty of justice, the majority of people still believe that Libya was to blame. Apparently Iran sponsered the bombing as an act of revenge for a passenger plane of their own that was accidentally downed by the US. Iran paid known terrorists from Syria and Jordan to carry out the bombing - this was all known by US intelligence, but they needed support from the rest of the Middle East for the first gulf war - someone had to be the fall guy - Libya.

Don't take my word for it - read the book.
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