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.