Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches

Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches


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A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder

Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is Journalism Worth Dying For? is a long-awaited collection of her final writing.

Beginning with a brief introduction by the author about her pariah status, the book contains essays that characterize the self-effacing Politkovskaya more fully than she allowed in her other books. From deeply personal statements about the nature of journalism, to horrendous reports from Chechnya, to sensitive pieces of memoir, to, finally, the first translation of the series of investigative reports that Politkovskaya was working on at the time of her murder—pieces many believe led to her assassination.

Elsewhere, there are illuminating accounts of encounters with leaders including Lionel Jospin, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and such exiled figures as Boris Berezovsky, Akhmed Zakaev,  Vladimir Bukovsky. Additional sections collect Politkovskaya’s non-political writing, revealing her delightful wit, deep humanity, and willingness to engage with the unfamiliar, as well as her deep regrets about the fate of Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935554400
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2011
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA (born 1958 in New York City) was a special correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya gazeta and the author of A Dirty War; A Small Corner of Hell; Putin’s Russia; and A Russian Diary. She was murdered in Moscow on October 7, 2006.

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Is Journalism Worth Dying For?

Final Dispatches
By Anna Politkovskaya

Melville House

Copyright © 2011 Anna Politkovskaya
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ISBN: 9781935554400

"I will not go into all the joys of the path I have chosen: the poisoning, the arrests, the menacing by mail and over the Internet, the telephoned death threats. The main thing is to get on with my job, to describe the life I see, to receive visitors every day in our newspaper’s offices....What am I guilty of? I have merely reported what I witnessed, nothing but the truth."
--From an article found on Anna Politkovskaya’s computer after her death; it is addressed to her readers abroad


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Table of Contents

1 Should Lives Be Sacrificed to Journalism? 7

2 The War in Chechnya 25

Part I Dispatches from the Frontline 27

Part II The Protagonists 79

Part III The Kadyrovs 113

3 The Cadet 173

4 Nord-Ost 221

5 Beslan 251

6 Russia: A Country at Peace 279

7 Planet Earth: The World Beyond Russia 297

8 The Other Anna 349

9 The Last Pieces 377

10 After October 7 387

Glossary 451

Index 459

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