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Terrement Inactive Member25 Feb 2016 3:10 p.m. PST


Kropotkin30325 Feb 2016 3:30 p.m. PST

Dispatches by Michael Herr was my first real read about Vietnam. It just lifted the lid on my understanding.

Insight on the Middle -East War War by the Sunday Times Insight Team did likewise.

Both very educational for a boy wanting to know more about the conflicts I saw on the news but was too young to understand them.I read these books a few years later when I was a teenager.

rmaker25 Feb 2016 3:52 p.m. PST

About what I'd expect from the Guardian. Reed's book, for example, isn't "war reportage" it's flat out Bolshevik propaganda. And several of the others cited aren't far off.

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2016 3:59 p.m. PST

Herodotus but not Thucydides? Does not make sense since Thucydides "wrote the book" for history writers. Ernie Pyle's collected news dispatches from WWII should be included too.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2016 9:30 p.m. PST

I would have thought Orwell's Homage to Catalonia was more a memoir than reporting. I much prefer Herodotus to Thucydides; I wouldn't say either was reporting, but I would think Thucydides is much closer to reporting than Herodotus.

The War Dispatches of Stephen Crane is good. I felt his interviews of ordinary Greek soldiers were fascinating. All the other reporters were off interviewing the army or at least division commanders.


49mountain01 Mar 2016 2:57 p.m. PST

Harper's Weekly

Old Peculiar10 Mar 2016 12:40 p.m. PST

"Bolshevik propoganda" ???? Really??? What time machine have you fallen out of?

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