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In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars

by Kevin Sites

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Kevin Sites is a man on a mission. Venturing alone into the dark heart of war, armed with just a video camera, a digital camera, a laptop, and a satellite modem, the award-winning journalist covered virtually every major global hot spot as the first Internet correspondent for Yahoo! News. Beginning his journey with the anarchic chaos of Somalia in September 2005 and ending with the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the summer of 2006, Sites talks with rebels and government troops, child soldiers and child brides, and features the people on every side, including those caught in the cross fire. His honest reporting helps destroy the myths of war by putting a human face on war's inhumanity. Personally, Sites will come to discover that the greatest danger he faces may not be from bombs and bullets, but from the unsettling power of the truth.

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  GalenWiley | Mar 20, 2015 |
It feels as though it marks a particular moment in time for these countries, but left you with the feeling to know more about these places and to know what is going on with them today.
  VeritysVeranda | Sep 29, 2013 |
Stories from numerous areas of conflict around the world. Sites manages to give readers a swift but clear window into the struggles in each region. Each page is compelling and reveals a little more of how much we don't know.
  lilygirl | Sep 11, 2008 |
Hired by Yahoo!, journalist Kevin Sites visits every armed conflict zone in the world in a single year, filming a short documentary on each one along the way. When I began reading this book, my first thoughts were that this man clearly had (1) an incredibly resistant spirit to tragedy and (2) a death wish. Sites consistently puts the story above his personal safety; he dodges bullets in Iraq, faces angry mobs in Addis Ababa, and heads down to Lebanon in the midst of a bombing. His personal thoughts and experiences are interwoven with interviews from war lords, child soldiers, and armed rebels as well as ordinary people caught up in the war.

While I can't imagine why anyone would volunteer for such a job, much less display enthusiasm for it, I started In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars on a whim and stayed up late to finish it. Sites sheds light on conflicts that don't get the press coverage that Iraq and Afghanistan do, but are no less important. No one is affected by war more than civilians, but Sites introduces us to inspiring people who have overcome tremendous adversity. The story of Gulsoma, an abused child bride from Afghanistan, struck me the hardest. Ultimately, I closed this book feeling like I was close friends with Sites and all the people he interviewed, which is how you know you've read a great autobiography. ( )
  kiravk | Aug 24, 2008 |
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Journalist Kevin Sites signed on with Yahoo News a couple years ago to cover all the major hotspots in the world over the course of one year. Along the way, he worked diligently to bring the human side of war to the general public. In this book you will discover the way war really affects a country and hear about these conflicts from the point of view of the people living through them and suffering the atrocities.
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Kevin Sites is a man on a mission. Venturing alone into the dark heart of war, armed with just a video camera, a digital camera, a laptop, and a satellite modem, the award-winning journalist covered virtually every major global hot spot as the first Internet correspondent for Yahoo! News. Beginning his journey with the anarchic chaos of Somalia in September 2005 and ending with the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the summer of 2006, Sites talks with rebels and government troops, child soldiers and child brides, and features the people on every side, including those caught in the cross fire. His honest reporting helps destroy the myths of war by putting a human face on war's inhumanity. Personally, Sites will come to discover that the greatest danger he faces may not be from bombs and bullets, but from the unsettling power of the truth.

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Kevin Sites has spent the past seven years covering global war and disasters for several national networks, including NBC, ABC, and CNN, and has helped pioneer solo journalism, traveling to and reporting from some of the world's most dangerous places. He is a recipient of the 2006 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. His honest reporting helps destroy the myths of war by putting a human face on war's inhumanity.… (more)

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