Moments in Hell

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Overview

A war correspondent's breathtaking account of early twentieth-century wars, including the Greek-Turkish War (1897) and the Spanish-American War (1898). These events have fallen into relative obscurity, following the two World Wars, yet remain important forces shaping modern politics. ‘Moments in Hell’ reveals the conflicting loyalties of the war correspondent, caught between political ideologies and personal suffering, and provides an enlightening background to recent conflicts. Harding Davis was a dashingly fashionable figure in turn-of-the-century New York, and cited as the inspiration for the 'Gibson man' – fitting the adventurous image of the journalist popular in film and literature. While his accounts highlight the brutality and inhumanity of war, they are riveting pieces of reportage. Harding Davis makes it clear that these moments in hell can make heroes and villains of us all.

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'He had a rare faculty of stirring by a phrase the imaginations of men, of including in a phrase a picture, an event – a cataclysm.' —Winston Churchill

'He was as good an American as ever lived and his heart flamed against cruelty and injustice. His writings form a text-book of Americanism which all our people would do to read at the present time.' —Theodore Roosevelt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843312635
  • Publisher: Wimbledon Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Anthem Modern South Asian History Series
  • Edition description: First Edition, 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Harding Davis (1864–1916) was a popular and prolific writer of fiction and drama, and a journalist famous for his coverage of the Spanish-American War and the First World War.

Janine di Giovanni has been covering global conflict since the 1980s, and is considered one of Europe's most respected journalists. She is a writer for ‘The Times of London’ and ‘Vanity Fair’, and contributor to ‘The New York Times Magazine’, ‘The New Republic’, ‘The Spectator’, ‘National Geographic’ and many others.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Introduction by Janine di Giovanni; The Cuban-Spanish War (1895-8): The Death of Rodriguez; The Greek-Turkish War (1897): The Battle of Velestinos; The Spanish-American War (1898); The South African War (1899-1902); The Japanese-Russian War (1904-5): Battles I Did Not See; A War Correspondent’s Kit; Appendix 1: A Price List During the Siege of Ladysmith, (1899-1900); Appendix 2: E. F. Knight’s Combination of Panniers and Bed

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