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In war, you always die for someone else's cause,
This review is from: War Reporting for Cowards: Between Iraq and a Hard Place (Paperback)
One journalist's tale of his experience of the controversial "embedding" scheme during the Iraq conflict.
In what is part autobiography, part war memoir, Ayres pulls no punches in expressing his fears and he is particularly good on the contrast between his journalistic life, most recently involving celebrity parties and expensive restaurants, and the privations of life in the war zone, complete with sandstorms, foxholes, too little sleep and meals ready to eat (MRE), not to mention the ever-present threat of imminent death.
He is candid about how quickly he comes to admire the quiet professionalism of the Marines and his exhilaration, almost in spite of himself, when he finds himself in the thick of the action.
While Ayres admits that ultimately he failed miserably as a war correspondent, I suspect "The Times" may have pulled off a masterstroke by embedding a journalist with such a different background, since he has produced a unique slant, both on the conflict and on the nature of war itself. The quote used for the title of this review is an indicator of his response.