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4.0 out of 5 stars
Informative, enlightening, surprising., 28 Oct. 2003
"News From No Man's Land" attempts to unravel the hidden world behind the stories and the cameras of the BBC's world news reporting activities.
The book appears to alternate between tales of Simpson's exploits in Afghanistan and other places, and in-depth looks at TV news journalism by turns. Simpson's clear and, at times, humourous writing style makes this read quite entertaining. One of the startling things he reveals is just how much preparation, and money, is involved in foreign reporting.
The book amounts to nice exposé of TV journalism, coupled with some insightful looks at the workings of Central Asian countries, notably Afghanistan and Pakistan. I also liked Simpson's descriptions of the crazy, corrupt and seemingly arbitrary process of gaining visas for such countries.