Where War Lives
ISBN: 077108787X
EAN13: 9780771087875
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.3" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.85 lbs.

Where War Lives

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A Pulitzer Prize -- winning journalist takes us on a personal and historic journey from Mogadishu through Rwanda to Afghanistan and Iraq.

With the click of a shutter the world came to know Staff Sgt. William David Cleveland Jr. as a desecrated corpse. In the split-second that Paul Watson had to choose between pressing the shutter release or turning away, the world went quiet and Watson heard Cleveland whisper: If you do this, I will own you forever. And he has.

Paul Watson was born a rebel with one hand, who grew up thinking it took two to fire an assault rifle, or play jazz piano. So he became a journalist. At first, he loved war. He fed his lust for the bang-bang, by spending vacations with guerilla fighters in Angola, Eritrea, Sudan, and Somalia, and writing about conflicts on the frontlines of the Cold War. Soon he graduated to assignments covering some of the world's most important conflicts, including South Africa, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Watson reported on Osama bin Laden's first battlefield victory in Somalia. Unwittingly, Watson's Pulitzer Prize--winning photo of Staff Sgt. David Cleveland -- whose Black Hawk was shot down over the streets of Mogadishu -- helped hand bin Laden one of his earliest propaganda coups, one that proved barbarity is a powerful weapon in a modern media war. Public outrage over the pictures of Cleveland's corpse forced Read More chevron_right

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