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Things I've Seen, The : Nine Lives Of A Foreign Correspondent Paperback – 30 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: LIBERTIES PRESS (30 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907593047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907593048
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In this wonderful compilation of dispatches for The Irish Times, Lara Marlowe creates a lustrous mosaic of the human condition. A terrific reporter and limpid writer, Marlowe breathes welcome life into the stories behind the headlines of many of the most momentous world events in the past 30 years.' --Joelle Attinger, Former Chief of Correspondents, TIME Magazine

'[Marlowe's writing] is breathtaking when she examines the chaos and outrage of war, volleying snippets of imagery that have amazing power. . . Marlowe has a strong ability to get to the story, and for that reason alone her book is worth a read.' --Publisher's Weekly

'Lara Marlowe is one of the most thoughtful and insightful journalists ever to have geared up in a flak jacket and combat helmet. At the peak of a long and distinguished career as a foreign correspondent, she offers up The Things I've Seen, a vivid and eloquent look back at the many conflicts and countries she's covered. She gives meaning and illumination to the people and history of our time.' --Richard Bonin, Producer, CBS News' 60 Minutes

I first met Lara Marlowe 20 years ago in Damascus. Her graceful dispatches from the world s conflict zones to Paris are a heady mélange of adventure and compassion. I m reminded of Martha Gellhorn but find Marlowe better company, especially envying her American-girl-in-Paris élan. In an era when we wonder about women in war zones, follow Lara Marlowe, because her empathy, combined with her grit, takes us into interior realms you will never otherwise see. It s her gift to us, her passport and thus ours. --Jacki Lyden, NPR News, Contributing Host & Correspondent

Once in a while one encounters a journalist so refreshing, so interesting and whose writing is so readable that the reader wants more. Lara Marlowe is such a journalist. She is worth reading and for the privileged few, worth knowing. --Cal Thomas, Syndicated and USA Today columnist/Fox News Contributor

'Lara Marlowe is one of the most thoughtful and insightful journalists ever to have geared up in a flak jacket and combat helmet. At the peak of a long and distinguished career as a foreign correspondent, she offers up The Things I've Seen, a vivid and eloquent look back at the many conflicts and countries she's covered. She gives meaning and illumination to the people and history of our time.' --Richard Bonin, Producer, CBS News' 60 Minutes

About the Author

Lara Marlowe was born in California and studied French at UCLA and the Sorbonne, then International Relations at Oxford. She started her career as an associate producer with CBS's '60 Minutes' programme, then shifted to print media with the Financial Times and TIME Magazine. She has reported for a host of broadcast and print media, but has been a staff foreign correspondent for The Irish Times for the past fourteen years. Her journalism has received three awards. For her contribution to Franco-Irish relations, Lara was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, one of the highest honours the French government can bestow. She spends her holidays in Paris and Dublin.

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Lara Marlowe is a journalist, currently for the Irish Times, and is best known for her war reporting. She has written from conflict zones in Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Somalia, and Palestine among others, and she lived in Lebanon when it was at its most dangerous. This is a collection of her most striking pieces from the last twenty-five years.

Though the author's career has included spells in Paris and Washington, the chapters dedicated to France and the US really function as a counterpoint, to draw the contrast with the far tougher 'things seen' in other parts of the world. For Marlowe's point is to show the effect of invasion, civil war, natural disaster on ordinary people's lives. Her writing, crisp and direct, veers between the telling detail, the poignantly encapsulated life story, and unsparing journalistic observation. Some of her descriptions, especially of children, read like blows to the stomach and heart. Wars kill civilians. Wars kill and maim innocents. Wars destroy bystanders' lives. It is worth being reminded of this simple fact, whether or not one supports this or that intervention, this or that side in a conflict. Sometimes armies even target these very civilians. A fair part of The Things I've Seen concerns women, who are more typically overlooked in war reporting. Attention is devoted besides to the fragile position of women in Iran and in Algeria in the 1990s. Yet at the same time, though Marlowe is American, she has been no apologist of Western military action, on the contrary.

The Things I've Seen provides a ground-level tour of the last two decades of international conflict, much of it in the Middle East. A compelling book, it lets in the occasional ray of light, but it is chiefly attractive for its honesty. Its personal touch also marks it out from the mainstream, especially the armchair variety. Filled with moving stories, it will change your perceptions of that remote thing that is the international news.
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A fantastic collection of articles. Marlowe is an exceptional writer.
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