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News from No Man's Land: Reporting the World Paperback – Unabridged, 3 Oct 2008
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'Great stories told with great gusto...an easy and rewarding read' Jon Snow, Daily Mail.
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John Simpson draws on thirty odd years of experience at the BBC, where he began in the 1960s and worked with veteran journalists of the time. He describes the many changes in the way news is reported and gathered, and indeed, in the change in our expectations of news reporting.
In particular, I found the discussion of the logistics of news gathering intriguing, and it has made me view television news reports in a different light.
I like the way John Simpson explains some of his frustrations when trying to get a short, interesting piece back to the BBC in London. The effort involved is really quite staggering, when you consider that the result is a report on an evening news programme which lasts from just 60 to 120 seconds.
My favourite anecdote in the book is where he describes the TV crew's attempt to cross the Amudarya river (the river formerly known as the Oxus). "Your ship", indicates one of the Afghan guides. 'But our ship wasn't a ship... All it was, was four large tractor tyres bound together with rope and supporting a wooden frame which was covered with straw.'
Most of the people who did not enjoy this book were concerned about the frequent mentions of the BBC. It is true that there are many mentions, not always positive. This seems reasonable to me given that he has worked most of his life for them. I liked all the beeb talk as it gave some interesting insights and a side of the long standing debate that I have not previously heard, but I can understand that it would irritate others. Perhaps the problem is that this book is not exactly autobiography, like a couple of his others, but nor is it a straightforward text on the Afghan war. Essentially this book is a loose collection personal reflections and opinions bound together by the over arcing narrative of his experience of the Afghan war.
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