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Infidel Paperback – 4 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Boot; 01 edition (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905712189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905712182
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this to accompany War by Sebastian Junger and my pre-order of Restrepo [DVD]. Having been waiting to get all three of these works together before I take my time to properly consume them, I found as soon as Infidel was taken out its wrapping I just couldn't stop myself taking in the entire book in one sitting. Really quite amazing and arresting imagery. One I will be re-visiting a lot.
The format and editing are worth a mention too. Kicking off with an introduction by Sebastian Junger, followed by a two page grid of the profile photos of the soldiers in his book. Following this is the main body of work, Tim Hetheringon's times at FOB Restrepo. The book concludes with the meditations of the soldiers themselves, short paragraphs on what they feel they took away from their tour, mixed with a few anecdotes.

It is always refreshing to come across the story of what we are involved in in Afghanistan rather than just the politics.

Though one small thing that can be quite frustrating, is the images that have a two page spread, inevitably leave an area at the binding that distorts the image. Which on the whole isn't an issue, except for a couple of the night-time images whose focus is at the partition between the pages. No biggie though.
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I was inspired to buy this book after seeing and then buying the documovie Restrepo. The images in this book are insghtful, moving, shocking and sometimes amusing. As an amateur photographer I found them to be all of the above and inspirational too and this excellent book shares shelf space with my NatGeo collection.

Whether you are a military enthusiast, a fan of the film or a photographer, this book has something for you.
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Here is a compact little manual, robustly constructed and well printed, as we have come to expect from Chris Boot's publishing house. The first pages set the scene: expansive shots of barren mountains and the advance camp where the group of soldiers reside during their tour. Then Hetherington cleverly shows us the faces and names of the men in formal military mug shots before switching our attention to the informalities and inanities of camp life, where porn mags, macho posturing, horseplay and boredom predominate. He creates an impression of a closely knit group of disparate individuals driven to jovial distraction by forced isolation. Each man would gladly see action to stave off the ennui of days. That action comes late in the book. Hetherington's images, some shaky and dark, capture the stark reality of combat against a guerilla force. The men lose one of their close comrades in the skirmish.

Following the images are a series of revealing essays by the men themselves. What is powerful is the uncensored (and explicit) nature of their comments and language. In an age of sanitised images and reporting about war (especially the Iraq war), these anecdotes and personal appeals are deeply impressive. Presumably the soldiers' words were transcribed directly from recordings because the turn of phrase is immediate and raw. Any incipient sentimentality or romanticism is trounced by this text. It is perhaps the best editorial decision of all.

Despite the clever sequencing of the book, the entire project is subtly disturbing. Presumably Hetherington's intention was to show the inseparable bonds of friendship and brotherhood between soldiers, and he was less interested in the politics of a particular war.
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This book is brilliant. I first became aware of this and Sabastein Jungers book when I saw an interview with Junger on the daily show about the experience that Hetherington and Junger had in Afghanistan's most violent valley.
This book gives another dimension to today's soldier and documents life on the modern frontline.
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By Patch on 11 April 2013
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Interesting and well made presentation-wise. I'm into photography and wanted to know more about the way Tim Hetherington worked as a video film maker. Not disappointed but feel this is a book for those interested in either current warfare (don't expect pictures of explosive action) or those interested in obtaining insights into how 'being there' affects the soldiers and in this book, to a lesser extent, the civilians involved.
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Love the layout of the book, with a nice leather outer case. Pictures are actually quite startling as it does include images that are not regularly shown in western wars eg.Iraq such as a picture of a dead us soldier.
Overral loved it brought his other book.
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