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by Martin Fletcher

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Here is a book published in 2008 about Martin Fletcher's dangerous career that started in earnest with his own filmography during 1974 when he was on scene for the fighting in the Yom Kippur war. The interesting thing about the episodes in this book, is that he begins the book explaining how many colleagues did not survive the dangerous journeys that reporting on unrest and war zones required them to travel to, and how he lost people in his travel group to land mines and other hazards. He never gives up, and he puts each incident in its own compartamentalized area of his mental and film diary. It's all in the can, Martin Fletcher, but let me mention that it's tough on the reader to get through it all, for there's not a dent in your teflon thick skin until much much later in this biographical tale.

If you're like me, you'll be astonished that he has thrown himself all in, time after time, to just suck the gory photo-ops into his film reel as if he is a disembodied mechanistic security camera. Then he parties hearty. The difference that comes across is just that Martin has a quixotic mercurial role to repeat in each day of his working life when he blindly rushes among armored vehicles or refugee tents and fills more and more film cans as he shifts himself into the audience/historian/unbiased reporter role - talking with war lords and their victims alike. He is savvy about the gut-wrenching attention-getting situations that will grab viewers, but is not able to convincingly register any unanalytical Moments except as they might affect Martin's standing in his news team. For those of you who stick around to the latter chapters, just let me hint there is some movement toward humanity at the end of that period of life where he seems to lack peripheral vision apart from what fits in his viewfinder. ( )
  darcette | Nov 23, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312371187, Hardcover)

Martin Fletcher doesn’t claim to be a hero. Yet he didn’t flinch, either. During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes his growth from clueless adventurer to grizzled veteran of the world’s battlefields. His working philosophy of “Get in, get close, get out, get a drink,” put him repeatedly in harm’s way, but he never lost sight of why he did it. In a world obsessed with celebrities, leaders, and wealth, Fletcher took a different route: he focused on those left behind, those paying the price. He answers the question: Why should we care?
            These extraordinary, real-life adventure stories each examine different dilemmas facing a foreign correspondent. Can you eat the food of a warlord, who stole it from the starving? Do you listen politely to a terrorist threatening to blow up your children? Do you ask the tough questions of a Khmer Rouge killer, knowing he is your only ticket out of the Cambodian jungle? And above all, how do you stay sane faced with so much pain?

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During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes his growth from clueless adventurer to grizzled veteran of the world's battlefields. His working philosophy of "Get in, get close, get out, get a drink," put him repeatedly in harm's way, but he never lost sight of why he did it. In a world obsessed with celebrities, leaders, and wealth, Fletcher took a different route: he focused on those left behind, those paying the price. He answers the question: Why should we care?--From publisher description.… (more)

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