The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings [NOOK Book]

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A selection of Robert Fisk's finest 'Comment' pieces from the Saturday ‘Independent’.Robert Fisk has amassed a devoted readership over the years, with his insightful, witty and always outspoken articles on international politics and mankind’s war-torn recent history. He is best known for his writing about the Middle East, its wars, dictators and international relations, but these ‘Comment’ articles cover an array of topics, from his soldier grandfather to handwriting to the titanic - and of course President Bush,...
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Overview

A selection of Robert Fisk's finest 'Comment' pieces from the Saturday ‘Independent’.Robert Fisk has amassed a devoted readership over the years, with his insightful, witty and always outspoken articles on international politics and mankind’s war-torn recent history. He is best known for his writing about the Middle East, its wars, dictators and international relations, but these ‘Comment’ articles cover an array of topics, from his soldier grandfather to handwriting to the titanic - and of course President Bush, terrorism and Iraq.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007283217
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/6/2009
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 703 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Fisk is a bestselling author and the Independent’s Middle East correspondent. He has lived in the Middle East for three decades and is the most decorated British foreign correspondent. The Great War for Civilisation, a history of his career and the numerous conflicts he has covered, was published internationally to great critical acclaim. He is also the author of Pity the Nation and The Age of the Warrior.


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Table of Contents

1 A firestorm coming 1

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war 2

Flirting with the enemy 14

'Thank you, Mr Clinton, for the kind words' 20

Brace yourself for Part Two of the War for Civilisation 25

The pit of desperation 29

The lies leaders tell when they want to go to war 34

'You are not welcome' 38

Be very afraid: Bush Productions is preparing to go into action 42

'Our guys may kick them around a little ...' 46

The wind from the East 51

2 Publish and be damned? Or stay silent? 55

So let me denounce genocide from the dock 56

You're talking nonsense, Mr Ambassador 60

Armenia's 1,500,001st genocide victim 64

Sneaking a book out in silence 66

'A conflict of interest' 70

Bravery, tears and broken dreams 74

A holocaust denier in the White House 78

3 Words, words, words ... 83

Hack blasts local rags 84

We should have listened to Bin Laden 96

The jargon disease 101

Poisonous academics and their claptrap of exclusion 105

Soft words - hard questions 109

The pen, the telex, the phone and the despised e-mail 113

The forgotten art of handwriting 117

'Believe it or not!' 121

Murder is murder is murder ... 125

Ah, Mary, you poor diddums 129

'A very edgy situation' 133

'Abu Henry': what diplomats can get up to 137

A lesson from the Holocaust 141

4 Cinema begins to mirror the world 145

Applause from the Muslims of Beirut 147

Saladin's eyes 151

My challenge for Steven Spielberg 155

Da Vinci shit 159

We've all been veiled from the truth 163

When art is incapable of matching life 167

A policeman's lot is not a happy one 171

Take a beautiful woman to the cinema 175

A river through time 179

5 The greatest crisissince the last greatest crisis 185

A long and honourable tradition of smearing the dead 186

Tricky stuff, evil 191

'Middle East hope!' - 'Europe in crisis!' 195

A poet on the run in Fortress Europe 199

6 When I was a child ... I understood as a child 203

Another of Arthur's damned farthings 204

First mate Edward Fisk 208

'Come on, Sutton!' 212

Cold war nights 216

'All this talk of special trains ...' 220

Fear of flying 224

7 The old mandates 227

God damn that democracy 228

Gold-plated taps 232

The man who will never apologise 236

The 'lady' in seat 1K 239

Whatever you do, don't mention the war 242

'The best defender on earth of Lebanon's sovereignty' 247

Alphonse Bechir's spectacles 251

The cat who ate missile wire for breakfast 254

The torturer who lived near the theatre 257

The temple of truth 261

We are all Rifaats now 265

The ministry of fear 269

'We have all made our wills' 273

'Duty unto death' and the United Nations 276

8 The cult of cruelty 281

The age of the warrior 282

Torture's out - abuse is in 286

'The truth, the truth!' 290

Crusaders of the 'Green Zone' 294

Paradise in Hell 298

'Bush is a revelatory at bedtime' 302

The worse it gets, the bigger the lies 306

Let's have more martyrs! 311

The flying carpet 315

The show must go on 319

'He was killed by the enemy' - but all is well in Iraq 323

9 We have lost our faith and they have not 327

God and the devil 329

The childishness of civilisations 333

Look in the mirror 336

Smashing history 340

So now it's 'brown-skinned' 344

The 'faith' question 348

Hatred on a map 351

'If you bomb our cities, we will bomb yours' 355

The lies of racists 359

Dreamology 361

10 'A thing invulnerable' 367

What the Romans would have thought of Iraq 368

In memoriam 372

Read Lawrence of Arabia 376

A peek into the Fascist era 380

Who now cries for the dead of Waterloo? 384

Witnesses to genocide: a dark tale from Switzerland 388

'You can tell a soldier to burn a village ...' 392

Should journalists testify at war crimes trials? 395

Where are the great men of today? 399

11 America, America 403

Free speech 404

It's a draw! 408

Fear and loathing on an American campus 412

How Muslim middle America made me feel safer 416

Will the media boys and girls catch up? 420

Brazil, America and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom 424

From Cairo to Valdosta 428

Trying to get into America 432

12 Unanswered questions 437

Is the problem weather? Or is it war? 438

Fear climate change, not our enemies 441

Just who creates reality? 445

A letter from Mrs Irvine 449

Who killed Benazir? 453

The strange case of Gunner Wills 457

13 The last enemy 461

In the Colosseum, thoughts turn to death 463

Dead heroes and living memories 467

The ship that stands upright at the bottom of the Sea 471

'Thanks, Bruce' 475

Those who went before us 479

Farewell, Ane-Karine 483

They told Andrea that Chris had not suffered 487

Postscript

The dilution of memory 491

A street named Petain and the woman he sent to Auschwitz 492

'I am the girl of Irene Nemirovsky' 496

Index 499

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