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Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs Kindle Edition
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At times I have had to have a break from reading it, as it is quite mind-numbing.
The machinations of the 'powers that be' in this world, are so unbelievably cruel. Atrocities
abound! Many in the not too distant past; but frightening enough to realise that, with even
more unremitting wars, blatant genocide and displacement of millions of people, the world
is heading for catastrophic annihilation. To find a journalist who tells it as it has been, and
still is, is to make the ordinary people aware of the deceptions many governments have,
and still are perpetrating - all in the name of greed.
Anna Politkovskaya's article on Chechnya, Edward Said on Islam, Jessica Mitford on the American funerals industry - a must-read for any fans of Six Feet Under - and Seumas Milne on the Miners stood out in this collection for me, although there's not a bad or dull piece in over 600 pages.
Starting from the Second World War and a report on the aftermath of Hiroshima, through various takes on Vietnam, Iraq and other areas of terrible injsutices around the world, the book is brilliantly edited and written.
From a personal perspective I would say it is the most essential, important and terrifying book I've ever read highlighting the terrifying power held in a very few hands and the complete disregard of human suffering meted out by the corrupt regimes of the world. It engenders a feeling of intense rage, yet fills the reader with a desire to do something about it.
It should be on a school syllabus to wake up the minds of a generation who may feel helpless by a lack of quality information on how life is being controlled.
All of these pieces make for top-notch reading. Highlights include Martha Gellhorn's visit to Dachau; German reporter Gunter Wallraff's "Lowest of the Low", an exposure of Germany's illegal labour market; Uruguayan writer Edward Galeono's "The Upside Down World", a well argued philosophy on the how the world really works; an extra long section devoted to reporting on Iraq with pieces from writers like Robert Fisk and Jo Wilding; and the final concluding chapter from Edward W.Said, who died last year.
Riveting and thought-provoking work, this comes highly recommended.
Starting with post-Hiroshima Japan, everything in this book is still relevant today, and the powerful pieces on Palestine and Iraq provide a much needed counter-balance to the standard newspaper and TV drivel.
If you don't wish to live in the dark, read this brilliant and hugely important collection and spark debate amongst friends, relatives and colleagues. It is easy to accept the lies peddled by the mass media unless you are given an alternative way of looking at things.
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