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The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict

Beaumont, Peter

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ISBN 10: 1846551579 / ISBN 13: 9781846551574
Verlag: Harvill Secker, London, 2009
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Titel: The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through ...

Verlag: Harvill Secker, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2009

Einband: hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

Art des Buches: Used

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Once it was simple to write about war. States or ideologies clashed; battles were fought between national armies or movements. But war has changed. War has become 'privatised' by small armed groups, states have fragmented and the conventional arms of the United States have been defeated by warlordism. Drawing on the author's experiences as the "Observer's" chief foreign correspondent, "The Secret Life of War" focuses on the human cost of war: to the combatants, to civilians and to the author, as one who bears witness. Every encounter is arresting: a visit to the bombed and abandoned home of Mullah Omar; a deserted Al Qaeda camp where Beaumont discovers documents describing a plan to bomb London; and, young bomb-throwers in Rafah refugee camp. But what marks out "The Secret Life of War" from innumerable other accounts is the sum it makes of these parts: a lasting catalogue of fear and harm, an anatomy of the human impulse to confrontation; an atlas of armed conflict. Often travelling unembedded and without bodyguards in some of the world's most dangerous locations, he has managed to achieve a rare closeness with his interview subjects, a sense of intimacy with soldiers and other combatants even in the midst of ongoing violence. Unflinching and exquisitely written, "The Secret Life of War" goes beyond classic reportage: it is a deeply personal and defining vision of the inner, secret nature of modern war.


'astonishing, not least for its careful detail and his self-searching honesty. A superb piece of work' -- Esquire

'never less than compelling and at times brilliant... Beaumont's diligent style of journalism is in short supply these days'
-- Times

The reporter and the photojournalist witness up close what no one else should see. Only those who have been there can comprehend.

The Secret Life of War is an awesome read, the best enquiry into killing and suffering I've encountered. A plea for resolution, a document of brutal honesty, the bare truth: in it beats the pulse of being there in the throes of modern conflict -- Tim Page

`Beaumont is fluid and elegant in his description of war and its symptoms' -- Evening Standard

`Beaumont writes beautifully and calmly, even when describing the fiercest and most emotive moments of war.' -- Observer

`Beaumont's book is on a different plane to the others [war literature by journalists] and will outlast many of them'
-- The Sunday Times

`Beaumont...reveal[s] his own psychological damage as he sets about dismantling the myths of war...laying out their...human cost'.
-- Metro

`Modern war is...about complexity and uncertainty, and in his accounts of his journeys through conflict, Beaumont certainly evokes this' -- Literary Review

`an intelligent, deeply perceptive work... Beaumont has slipped beneath the skin of contemporary warfare to examine what lies beneath' -- Times

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