How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone: The Essential Survival Guide for Dangerous Places

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Whether you're a war correspondent or an aid worker, a tourist worried about an increasingly hostile world or an armchair traveler concerned that your own backyard is fast becoming a war zone, How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone will help you survive some of the world's most volatile environments.

Well-traveled journalist Rosie Garthwaite offers practical advice drawn from her own personal experience and that of others, including many seasoned colleagues, who have worked in ...

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Overview

Whether you're a war correspondent or an aid worker, a tourist worried about an increasingly hostile world or an armchair traveler concerned that your own backyard is fast becoming a war zone, How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone will help you survive some of the world's most volatile environments.

Well-traveled journalist Rosie Garthwaite offers practical advice drawn from her own personal experience and that of others, including many seasoned colleagues, who have worked in some of the world's most hostile regions. Topics covered include everything from avoiding land mines and hostage situations to amputating a limb and foraging for safe food. The book is a true survival manual (all medical advice has been vetted by doctors from Doctors Without Borders), but it is also a transporting read, filled with vicarious thrills and written with brio and humor by a woman who has seen it all. Perfect for those planning short trips or extended stays in dangerous destinations, or-much like the popular Worst-Case Scenario handbooks-for readers who simply prefer to be thoroughly prepared, wherever life may take them.

Rosie Garthwaite began her journalistic career as a freelance reporter in Basra, Iraq, just after graduating from college,and learned about survival in dangerous regions firsthand. She wrote this book to answer some of the questions her colleagues seemed to face daily in the field. Garthwaite works as a television journalist in the Middle East and is based in Doha, Qatar. This is her first book.

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Publishers Weekly
Using the example ofwar correspondents counting precious minutes in very hazardous places, this wide-ranging guide includes tourists hoping to encounter memorable moments in a combustible world, covering local conflicts, hostage situations, and even climate extremes. Garthwaite, a television journalist in the Middle East, tallies sage advice, using her long career and the recollections of some of her cronies. Advising on "knowing where to stay," for instance, she tells how in war-torn Baghdad she chose to stay with a protective family in a Christian suburb rather than in a hotel. She discusses circumstances in which it might be better to stand out as a Westerner rather than trying to blend in. She advises on proper preparation, maintaining local contacts and emergency numbers, making sure of regional customs and laws, and dealing with authorities in high-pressure areas. If learning how to handle gunfire and deal with rioting can be far afield for someone taking a Cooks Tour, there's essential knowledge on first aid, emergency medicine, getting fresh water and food, drugs, and surviving an attack. Anyone traveling in one of the listed hot spots will find crucial information for avoiding harm in this excellent guide. (July)
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"Essential knowledge on first aid, emergency medicine, getting fresh water and food, drugs, and surviving an attack. Anyone traveling in one of the listed hot spots will find crucial information for avoiding harm in this excellent guide." —Publishers Weekly

"[A] gonzo survival guide" —Christian Science Monitor “In a chatty first-person voice, [Garthwaite] weaves her own experience with anecdotes from fellow journalists, aid workers, former hostages and other war-zone veterans. The contributors do not always agree — some advise dressing like the locals to blend in; others warn that this could offend — but in wartime it’s probably a good idea not to stick too rigidly to any one approach. The information on medical care, wilderness survival and food would be useful anywhere.”—Washington Post “Although the target audience is limited to journalists, general readers have long held a fascination for the life of the epaulet-wearing foreign correspondent, and this volume feeds that fascination nicely. Vital, even life-or-death, reading for aspiring reporters and voyeuristically satisfying for everyone else.”—BooklistOnline.com  

Library Journal
Although a highly practical survival guide, this book also offers a startling glimpse into a journalist's experience within inhospitable regions. While some chapters, such as that detailing emergency medicine, might be applicable to domestic survivalists, much of the contents, like "Avoiding Misunderstandings," deal with foreign conditions. Over the course of 15 chapters, Garthwaite, a young journalist often dispatched to unstable territories, brings together the knowledge of 57 colleagues, whose experiences and advice are often directly quoted. Topics covered include everything from dealing with inconvenient feminine issues to surviving IEDs. Handy for intrepid explorers, journalists, even soldiers; engaging for lay readers.
Tara Bahrampour
…Garthwaite…keeps things light as she offers advice to those bound for restive areas. In a chatty first-person voice, she weaves her own experience with anecdotes from fellow journalists, aid workers, former hostages and other war-zone veterans.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608195855
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 889,831
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosie Garthwaite began her journalistic career as a freelance reporter in Basra, Iraq just after graduating college, and learned first-hand about survival in dangerous regions. She wrote this book to provide the practical information people were always asking her for — drawing on her own experience and that of more veteran colleagues. Garthwaite works as a TV reporter in the Middle East and is based in Doha, Qatar. This is her first book.

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