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Telegram from Guernica: The Extraordinary Life of George Steer, War Correspondent by [Rankin, Nicholas]
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‘An absolutely wonderful book, brimming with restrained empathy and intelligence and sensitivity.' -- Nicholas Shakespeare

‘Compelling.' -- Jeremy Paxman

‘Exemplary.' -- Max Hastings

‘Fiercely exciting . . . Honours George Steer's whirlwind career with its own irresistible blend of pace, passion and precision.' -- Independent

‘Irresistible.' -- Boyd Tonkin

‘Steer's brief life was almost unbelievably exciting.' -- New Statesman

‘Superb . . . Rankin has created a detailed ‘Boy's Own' tragedy, brimful of pathos and insight.' -- Robert Macfarlane

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Telegram From Guernica: The Extraordinary Life of George Steer: Reporter, Adventurer and Soldier by Nicholas Rankin is the incredible and thrilling true story of the embedded journalist George Steer who exposed the truth behind the bombing of Guernica in 1937.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2452 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New edition edition (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NGQCU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #363,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
The ugly truth is that so much of journalism, like entertainment today, is disposable. And so are the working journalists that go with it. There have only ever been a handful of reporters who became famous; with the exception of Woodward and Bernstein, most of the other names you can think of are in broadcasting, from Peter Jennings to Christiane Amanpour. It's a neat trick to be on the spot when history unfolds, and you might not get in the class photo.

George Steer did it, again and again, and yet he never made the list. But he should have. You should know his name, but you likely don't. Fortunately, Nicholas Rankin's brilliant biography does its best to rescue Steer from oblivion.

Steer filed stories that were read with close attention in the White House and the British House of Commons, which earned him a place on the assassination roll call of the Nazis and which even changed popular culture. He was a young, white South African who bluffed his way into a war correspondent's job to cover Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. He got married to a fellow reporter - a Spanish woman ten years his senior - in Addis Ababa to the sound of gunfire during a three-day riot. From Africa, he went to Spain, and his reporting on the bombing of Guernica prompted outrage around the globe and inspired Picasso's famous painting. And he was still under thirty while he did all this.

All of this doesn't make Steer worth reading about; other reporters in the 1930s had exotic adventures and were knee-deep in the rapids of the left-wing crusade. Hemingway, after all, managed to cultivate an entire macho myth based on very little journalism at all.
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Format: Paperback
A thumping tour de force. Rankin delves into the historical archives to bring back to life the figure of George Lowther Steer, the extraordinary South African-born war correspondent whose vivid yet emotionally controlled dispatches did so much to alert the Western powers in the 1930s of the growing fascist menace. If you like your history powerfully written and laced with moments of good old-fashioned derring-do, you will love this one. Highly recommended.
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This book is a tribute to a noble and fearless man. It is most exciting when recounting Steer's period in the Basque country and his denunciation of the destruction of Guernica, but also details his courageous defense of the Abyssinians in the face of Italian aggression and their abandonment by the rest of the civilized world. Rankin's sympathetic portrait is also bound to filll the reader with sorrow for the premature death of a brave and highly intelligent man, whose writings and warnings were for so long, and at great cost, ignored.
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This is essential reading excellent throughout and an eye opener.
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Format: Hardcover
Rankin's biography of Steer is interesting and pacy -- a difficult thing not to be given the pace of his subject's life. But Rankin leaves many stones undisturbed that the reader aches to be turned over. Much of his early life is treated sketchily; perhaps the materials do not exist for a more thorough treatment. But some of the facts of Steer's life cry out for a more critical look. Just how was Steer able to jump on and off Royal Navy and Republican warships at a moments notice as only a humble reporter -- even if the TImes was held in higher regard than it is now?
And some of the details of the years of the Second World War and Steer' exploits in Burma are similarly unsatisfyingly treated. But its a good story nonetheless and fluently told.
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