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Marie Colvin was killed in Syria in February this year. Her death
represents a formidable loss to the profession to which she was so
deeply committed. Ms Colvin was a fine writer but more than this we
could always rely on the incisive nature of her reportage and her
deep sense of humanism in the face of man's inhumanity to man in
the many war zones around the globe into which she stepped fearlessly
so that we might know the reality about the horrific experiences of
those poor souls (civilians and soldiers alike) in the thick of it
on the ground. She never balked at staring evil squarely in the face.

'On The Front Line' will stand as a unimpeachable epitaph to one of
the finest war correspondents of her (or frankly any) generation. The
collected pieces span a wide arc between the Iran/Iraq war in the
late eighties; through the Gulf conflict and Kosovo in the nineties;
to her coverage of the Iraq debacle in the early noughties. Her insight
into more recent Middle Eastern upheavals is equally peerless. Throughout
one is struck by her eye for detail (however painful) and a profound
desire to communicate, in lucid prose, both her observations and emotions.

The truth about war was never so-well articulated. What a great woman she was.

Essential.
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on 14 December 2012
Marie Colvin was a force. Whether by concentration of mind or body - and many times both - she went where the hotel residing, press release reading media correspondents do not venture.

There is a revealing line as she takes the enforced break from work after losing her eye from grenade shrapnel wounds whilst in Sri Lanka reporting on the Tamils, although reporters had been banned by the Government from doing so - that speaks of her connection to the ordinary civilians caught up in the nightmare of warfare that flouts any hint of the Geneva convention.

She says,
"Simply: there’s no way to cover war properly without risk. Covering a war means going into places torn by chaos, destruction, death and pain, and trying to bear witness to that. Not so much as to what kind of toys are being used – I’ve never been able to figure out if that is a MiG or a Tornado shooting at me, or 105mm or 155mm artillery. I care about the experience of those most directly affected by war, those asked to fight and those who are just trying to survive." end quote.

She took the risks and paid with her life but her words are there for history to read and as the book contains her journalism over many years, you can pick any era or event and step straight into the lives of those so greatly affected by decisions made from dictators, politicians and fanatics that create the asylum seekers, that we in the western world now see, attempting to survive on our streets. If you want to know about real war experience rather than thinking it's all some kind of video game, you'll do no better than to read this book.
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on 16 January 2013
This is a collection of reports from around the world made by Marie Colvin over a long period.It tells the facts from the human perspective of the effect of these conflicts on people.She persisted in her work despite losing an eye reporting in Sri lanka.She was killed in Syria in 2012 alongside a talented Young french photographer.I would recommend this book to anybody interested in the real facts and humanity.
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on 16 November 2013
It is a great book but very intense reading. I am lifting and laying it as I think it's too much to take in all at once. What an incredible journalist Marie Colvin was. I think it is an eye opener as to what these people are risking and as it happened with Marie paying the ultimate price sometimes. Great book though. Would thoroughly recommend it.
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on 7 April 2013
Marie Colvin was one of those exceptional journalists and people to put her life on the line by reporting from war torn conflicts. Sadly, she paid the price with her own life. On the Front Line is a superb collection of her work. Highly recommended read. RIP Marie.
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on 4 November 2014
Great impartial writing but how did Marie Colvin tolerate the misery she witnessed. People who know nothing about how present day conflicts have developed and continue should read this. You do not need to overtax your brain to see who the bad guys are.
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on 23 June 2013
great writing and a fantastic insight into a brave and charismatic person's life in incredibly highly charged circumstances. A must read.
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on 27 June 2015
Marie Colvin was like no other. She was a distaff Ernest Hemingway, brave, compassionate, willing to go where no other would go, and telling the very human story wherever she went. You are with her on these reports, climbing over mountain passes, getting shot at, listening to the stories of countless victims of violence and oppression. You can hear her unique voice.

A must read for any future reporter, and a great read for everyone else.
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on 7 January 2013
Really excellent book by a very courageous woman who was also an impressive writer. Would recommend to any interested in Middle East and current afffairs.
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on 7 April 2013
Marie Colvin was an extremely brave and enthralling writer. She could never be accused of being partisan to any event and told it aas it really was.
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