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Part diary and 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. Here, with characteristic cogency and emotional immediacy, he recounts the stories behind his official press dispatches—searing firsthand accounts of the frightening, grotesque, and comically absurd aspects of life during war. The Soccer War is a singular work of journalism.
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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.