News from No Man's Land
Reporting the World Unabridged
By (author) John Simpson
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News from No Man's Land by John Simpson
Book DescriptionOn 13 November 2001, John Simpson and a BBC news crew walked into Kabul and the liberation of the Afghan capital was broadcast to a waiting world. It was the end of a sustained campaign against the Taliban, a campaign that Simpson had covered from the beginning, despite appalling difficulties and, often, great danger. In this, his third riveting volume of autobiography, John Simpson focuses on how journalists set about finding the stories that make the headlines. It is quintessential Simpson: vivid, utterly absorbing and written with all the care and lucidity of his reporting style. 'Great stories told with great gusto...an easy and rewarding read' - Jon Snow, "Daily Mail".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780330487351
(197mm x 130mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Pan Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 2-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Simpson
Word Detective, Hardback (October 2016)
The former chief editor of the"Oxford English Dictionary"describes his thirty-seven year journey through words, enlivened by entertaining and erudite digressions into the English language itself."
We Chose to Speak of War and Strife, Hardback (October 2016)
From distinguished foreign correspondent John Simpson, a fascinating history of what it is to risk life and limb to bring home news of the troubled world.
First English Dictionary 1604, Paperback (September 2015)
Contrary to popular belief, the author of the first English dictionary is not Samuel Johnson, but Robert Cawdrey, who published his Table Alphabeticall in 1604 - nearly 150 years before Johnson's dictionary.
First English Dictionary of Slang 1699, Paperback (September 2015)» View all books by John Simpson
The first work dedicated solely to the subject of slang words and their meanings, this book is a lost gem originally intended to educate the polite London classes in the parlance of thieves and ruffians, should they be so unlucky as to wander into the 'wrong' parts of town.
UK Kirkus Review » BBC reporter John Simpson seems to have taken over from Kate Adie as chief of the flak jackets. He's certainly needed plenty of protection in recent years, with frontline adventures and terrorist threats galore to be faced almost daily. This third volume of his autobiography opens with the BBC's world affairs editor arriving on the outskirts of Kabul in autumn 2001, when the Taliban government was in shoot-on-sight mode. Would the Taliban forces fire on him? 'There was no way of finding out except to try it,' Simpson writes. So he walked into the city, becoming the first Western journalist to do so since the start of George W Bush's 'war on terror'. His descriptions of journalists doggedly researching their stories against enormous odds are jawdropping. On one occasion he crossed the Afghan border dressed as a woman - discovery would almost certainly have meant summary execution. Simpson does not see himself as a hero, simply a news-gatherer whose integrity is never up for negotiation. He writes as vividly as a novelist, bringing people and scenes to life in the way a two-minute slot on TV does not allow, and betrays a modesty not always associated with media stars, paying due deference to members of his team and those who sometimes risk their lives to help. Packed with anecdote, colourful characters and remarkable incidents, this is reporting of the highest order. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - John Simpson
John Simpson is the BBC's World Affairs Editor. He has twice been the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year and won countless other major television awards. He has written several books, including five volumes of autobiography, Strange Places, Questionable People , A Mad World, My Masters, News from No Man's Land and Not Quite World's End and a childhood memoir, Days from a Different World. The Wars Against Saddam, his account of the West's relationship with Iraq and his two decades reporting on that relationship encompassing two Gulf Wars and the fall of Saddam Hussein, is also published by Pan Macmillan. He lives in London with his South African wife, Dee, and their son, Rafe.
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