War Correspondent: Reporting Under Fire Since 1850

War Correspondent: Reporting Under Fire Since 1850

by Jean Hood


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War Correspondent: Reporting Under Fire Since 1850 by Jean Hood

Rageh Omaar’s composed reporting of the bombardment of Baghdad; Martha Gellhorn’s evocative portrait of Barcelona under siege; Richard Dimbleby’s horrifying radio broadcast from Belsen; Robert Capa’s blurred images of the chaos on Omaha Beach: For 150 years war correspondents have shaped our understanding of the war zone. Through printed word, photographs, radio, and satellite link-up, they have exposed the horrors of war and revealed the endurance of the human spirit under fire.
This book not only brings together details of the most famous dispatches from the front line of battle and iconic examples of photojournalism that have passed into our collective consciousness, it is also about the war correspondents themselves—their escapades and ruses to outwit the censor; their ability to rough it in the most extreme conditions; their determination to place themselves in harm’s way in the pursuit of the facts; and their frustrations with military and government restrictions, as well as their editors. Their personal stories are fascinating in themselves set against the backdrop of cataclysmic events, which left an indelible mark on their psyche.
From the American Civil War to the present day Iraq War, War Correspondent is illustrated with the best examples of war art, black-and-white prints, and color reportage of the conflicts of the last century and a half, with special features on the careers of famous journalists and photographers. This book is a fascinating look into the lives and invaluable role of the war correspondent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762779932
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jean Hood is an acclaimed writer and historian. She formerly worked as Information Officer at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, and has published widely on maritime and naval subjects. She is the author of several books and was a major contributor to the landmark volume Ship: A History in Art & Photography, edited by Professor Andrew Lambert and published by Conway in 2010.

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