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Part diary, part reportage, THE SOCCER WAR is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. In this volume, with characteristic cogency and emotional immediacy, he recounts the stories behind his official press dispatches -- electrifying firsthand accounts of the frightening, grotesque, and comically absurd aspects of life during war. Among the most respected works of journalism in the last two decades, THE SOCCER WAR takes a humane approach to humanity at its least lovely moments.

"Powerful and touching." (New York Times Book Review)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kapuscinski reports on unrest in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. ``Journalism at its most incisive, these phosphorescent dispatches from the front investigate Third World wars of 1958-1976, probing the forces of political repression and societies stagnating or in the throes of change,'' said PW. Jan.
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Being a foreign correspondent is not a job but a way of life; as Kapuscinski reveals in his latest book, that includes almost being burned to death and facing a firing squad. Unlike his popular The Emperor LJ 12/15/82 and Shah of Shahs LJ 3/15/85, he presents here the personal stories behind his press releases. Though the title refers to the 100-hour war between El Salvador and Honduras over a soccer match that left 6000 dead and 12,000 wounded, Kapuscinski's reminiscences range from 1958 to 1976 when he covered 27 revolts worldwide. He concludes that the immobility of the masses in the Third World is so problematic that even good leaders begin to confuse power with wisdom and thus lose the ability to distinguish politics from morality, or to work for the common good instead of themselves. Despite some interesting ideas and descriptions of terrifying experiences, Kapuscinski's account really adds little to the reader's knowledge. Public libraries only should consider.-- Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
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"When our children's children want to study the cruelties of the late 20th century; when they wonder why revolution after revolution betrayed its promises through greed, fear and confusion, they should read Ryszard Kapuscinski." —The Wall Street Journal"Kapuscinski is the conjuror extraordinary of modern reportage, and The Soccer War is a splendid example of his magic."—John le Carré"Powerful and touching."—The New York Times Book Review"Stripped of excess, remarkably void of cynicism, Kapuscinski's writing has the force and vision of literature . . . . He makes his world so real, so alive beyond obscure headlines and other mind-numbing inoculations."—Boston Globe
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    A Unique Perspective

    In the world of war that we live in, Kapuscinski presents a novel with a first hand local perspective that is unmatched by any journalist in any field. We see how wars are presented to us, a first world nation, by first world reporters sitting behind the infamous desk. Kapuscinski finds the truth in war, if there ever was one.

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