Strange Places, Questionable People
By (author) John Simpson
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Strange Places, Questionable People by John Simpson
Book DescriptionFor over thirty years, John Simpson has travelled the world to report on the most significant events of our time. From being punched in the stomach by Harold Wilson on one of his first days as a reporter, to escaping summary execution in Beirut, flying into Teheran with the returning Ayatollah Khomeini, and narrowly avoiding entrapment by a beautiful Czech secret agent, Simpson has had an astonishingly eventful career. In 1989 he witnessed the Tiananmen Square massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism throughout Eastern Europe and, only weeks later, in South Africa, the release of Nelson Mandela. With Simpson's uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, this autobiography is a ring-side seat at every major event in recent global history. 'So vivid I could feel my heart beating' Jonathan Mirsky, Spectator 'great stories, sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious'. - "Daily Telegraph".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780330355667
(197mm x 130mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Pan Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 8-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Simpson
Word Detective, Hardback (October 2016)
The former chief editor of theOxford English Dictionarydescribes 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 » In this first of two autobiographical volumes, BBC World Affairs editor Simpson reflects on his adventurous life as roving reporter and on-the-spot witness of many of the most momentous events of the post-war world: the Tiananmen Square massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela and many more. But it is also a reflective book in which he questions his own restlessness and occasional recklessness in the pursuit of professional perfection, and his long and sometimes disputatious association with the BBC. (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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