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For You The War Is Over by [Mather, Ian]

For You The War Is Over Kindle Edition

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There are books you need to read for research and books you want to read. This book began as the first and within a few pages also established itself in the second category. Ian Mather, a correspondent with The Observer newspaper, was one of a press trio that went to Argentina after the invasion of the Falkland Islands, at a time when most people expected a negotiated settlement that would see the British fleet turn back. But when crisis became war, the position of the three men became precarious, and they were arrested as spies and held in a military-run prison in Tierra Del Fuego. The book is the story of the arrest, with the immortal cliché that gives the book its title, and three months of captivity, at a time of military dictatorship during which thousands of prisoners simply disappeared. Mather and his friends were fortunate in that they were actually assigned prison numbers. He tells of his dealings with the kafka-esque nature of the justice system, the prisoners' survival strategies, and the well organised international campaign to free them. Although you know the ending, you keep turning the pages as each day brings a news twist. As one would expect from a former broadsheet journalist, this is a well-written and intelligent account, probably understated, and owing nothing to any editorial pressure to 'sex up the dossier'. It touches on the wider aspects of the role of foreign/war correspondents and the question of international press freedom, a subject that is coming increasingly to the fore now that kidnapping and/or murdering journalists is becoming sadly routine. Compare it with another fine but very grim autobiographical book on that theme, Daniele Mastrogiacomo's 'Days of Fear', which deals with his kidnap in Afghanistan. --J Hood

About the Author

Ian Mather has been a journalist for 48 years, most of the time as a foreign and defence correspondent for national newspapers. For the largest part of his career he was with The Observer, where he became defence correspondent and a foreign correspondent. Starting with the British withdrawal from Aden he has reported from many conflict zones, including Vietnam, the Nigerian civil war, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Indo-Pakistan war, the Yom Kippur war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq war, the 1991 Gulf war and the conflicts in the Balkans. As a Defence Correspondent at a time when the Cold War was at its height, he reported at close hand on the eyeball-to-eyeball nuclear confrontation between the superpowers - a role that took him inside nuclear bunkers, bombers, submarines, missile silos and testing sites from the High Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. Uniquely, in the dying days of communism, he witnessed at first hand the collapse of security and controls around Soviet missile testing and Soviet submarines. As a Diplomatic Editor, he reported on numerous international news events, including major summits. He is now freelance journalist and an international election monitor. He is married with three grown-up children, and lives in Muswell Hill, London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2139 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #999,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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