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The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The book has two tracks; the development of the four men from varied and, in some cases, dysfunctional backgrounds, to prominence in their chosen profession. Along the way, they were drawn to each other because of their skills, their drive and ambition. Sometimes they worked together, but always their was a sense of competition, as evidenced by the frustration Jaoa Silva experienced at missing the shot that won Kevin Carter a Pullitzer prize - a vulture sitting in the Namibian bush, watching and waiting for a very young boy to die. Together they tried to come to terms with the enormity of the events that they were covering and also their role as chroniclers. Carter's drug problem and suicide came about because of an inability to deal with the emotional stresses.
On another level, the Bang Bang Club provides an explanation of how the country came to be at war with itself between 1990 and 1994, and the role of the incumbent white regime (trying to spread dissension); the ANC (negotiating with the government) and the Inkatha movement, representing the Zulu tribe and the country's transient hostel labour force. Marinovich's antipathy to the system of white rule is clearly expressed, but it does not get in the way of an objective narration or recording of events.
The book is also quite disturbing, leaving the reader to deal with a number of uncomfortable thoughts.Read more ›
It keeps you engrossed throughout every page and helps people really widen their knowledge of circumstances occuring around the world.
A fantastic account from two surviving friends in a job which...well some one has to do to allow for the world to keep in touch with reality.
This book really gets into the lives and the trauma caused by the political strife occurring in SA between 1990 and 1994. It also gives you a new found respect for the jounalists/photographers, who put their lives at risk in order to document these circumstances. Learning how they fight their own demons created by the inhumane way humans are capable of treating others.
In all it is written simply which makes it an easy read and highly recommended. I really enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heart rendering true acciunt about the vulnerability, lives and bravery of these guys seeking out the actual events in this terrible war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by YSL
Of an age where I remember the headline coverage. This book fills in the details behind the headlines and the effect of conflict on those tasked to report it.Published 10 months ago by Jamie Hughes
This is a gripping and an engaging read which held me throughout. I couldn't put it down and have read the book three times. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs. J. Daniel
Bought for a friend who only reads quality books. Great to get a hardback for the price. Have read this myself; it's shocking what went on at that time, but worth knowing what all... Read morePublished 19 months ago by kevin granger
very interesting insight into the troubled emergence of South Africa from aparteid.Published on 5 May 2015 by picture perfect
Not just a story about a group of documentary photographers during the end of apartheid. It's a very human story mixed with tragedy and success that tries to make sense of the... Read morePublished on 4 April 2015 by Lorenzo Ali
As a pro freelance photographer I bought this book for the historical as well as the lads involved.. Read it within a week and can't recommend this highly... RESPECTPublished on 3 Mar. 2015 by N. C. Roberts
I still don't have it my hands since it was delivered to a friend's home, but I'm sure everything's fine with it.Published on 26 Feb. 2015 by Lys
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