The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings Paperback – 1 Apr 2008
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'500 pages of his truthful scorn left me wanting more. O brave old world, that has such journos in it.' The Independent
‘What Fisk writes, in his often brilliant, highly authoritative prose is a wake-up call. Read ‘God damn that democracy’ and ‘Gold-plated taps’ back to back and you have, in a nutshell, the brutal truth of the Middle East problem succinctly expressed, together with proof that Fisk at his best is a hard act to match.’ Scotsman
From reviews for ‘The Great War for Civilisation’:
‘Brilliant…this powerfully-written book is filled with accounts of horror, pain and injustice. His triumph is that he has turned a slightly dubious and over-romanticised craft into a honorable vocation.’ Independent
‘His forte is straight reporting, such as his three interviews with Osama bin Laden. At least as good are his meetings with Saddam Hussein, Khomeini and Sadeq Khalkhali, the hanging judge of the Iranian revolution, and his close-ups of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the launch of Saddam's war against Iran, an ambush by Islamists of an Algerian police patrol, and a lift into trouble in an Apache attack helicopter on the Iraq/Turkey border.’ Guardian
‘A stimulating and absorbing book, by a man who speaks Arabic, who has known the region better than most, and has met the leading players, from Bin Laden to Ahmad Chalabi. A formidable production.’ New York Times
‘Full of furious, vivid and highly personalised writing…An important book by an intrepid and talented writer.’ Literary Review
‘500 pages of his truthful scorn left me wanting more. O brave old world, that has such journos in it.’ Frank McLynn, The Independent
About the Author
Robert Fisk is a bestselling author and journalist based in Beirut as Middle East Correspondent of the ‘Independent’. He has lived in the Middle East for three decades and holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent. His last book, ‘The Great War for Civilisation’, a history of his career and the numerous conflicts he has covered, was published internationally to great critical acclaim. He is also the author of ‘Pity the Nation’, a history of the Lebanese war.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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5* - Excellent book - A quality read, puts a new spin on the spoon fed blame culture news shoved down our throats by the western pressPublished 6 months ago by Croc1967
Insightful perspectives from a rare breed of journalist who always remembers the context and ask questions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reviewer
Excellent book very pleased ,I will recommend it to any one want know the Middle East ,thanks to Robert Fisk .Published 20 months ago by Idir_fellal
For some reason I never warmed to Robert Fisk that much. However, this book changed my mind. It's a great read and once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jimser10
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... Read morePublished on 10 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book continues on where "Pity the Nation" left off and long may he continue to write about the truth.Published on 16 Oct. 2013 by Mark Doran
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. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2013 by keith