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How to Avoid Being Killed in a Waby Rosie Garthwaite
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Whether you're a war correspondent or an aid worker, a tourist worried about an increasingly hostile world or an armchair traveler concerned that your own backyard is fast becoming a war zone, How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone will help you survive some of the world's most volatile environments.
Well-traveled journalist Rosie Garthwaite offers practical advice drawn from her own personal experience and that of others, including many seasoned colleagues, who have worked in some of the world's most hostile regions. Topics covered include everything from avoiding land mines and hostage situations to amputating a limb and foraging for safe food. The book is a true survival manual (all medical advice has been vetted by doctors from Doctors Without Borders), but it is also a transporting read, filled with vicarious thrills and written with brio and humor by a woman who has seen it all. Perfect for those planning short trips or extended stays in dangerous destinations, or-much like the popular Worst-Case Scenario handbooks-for readers who simply prefer to be thoroughly prepared, wherever life may take them.
Rosie Garthwaite began her journalistic career as a freelance reporter in Basra, Iraq, just after graduating from college,and learned about survival in dangerous regions firsthand. She wrote this book to answer some of the questions her colleagues seemed to face daily in the field. Garthwaite works as a television journalist in the Middle East and is based in Doha, Qatar. This is her first book. |
"Using the example ofÂ war correspondents counting precious minutes in very hazardous places, this wide-ranging guide includes tourists hoping to encounter memorable moments in a combustible world, covering local conflicts, hostage situations, and even climate extremes. Garthwaite, a television journalist in the Middle East, tallies sage advice, using her long career and the recollections of some of her cronies. Advising on 'knowing where to stay,' for instance, she tells how in war-torn Baghdad she chose to stay with a protective family in a Christian suburb rather than in a hotel. She discusses circumstances in which it might be better to stand out as a Westerner rather than trying to blend in. She advises on proper preparation, maintaining local contacts and emergency numbers, making sure of regional customs and laws, and dealing with authorities in high-pressure areas. If learning how to handle gunfire and deal with rioting can be far afield for someone taking a Cooks Tour, there's essential knowledge on first aid, emergency medicine, getting fresh water and food, drugs, and surviving an attack. Anyone traveling in one of the listed hot spots will find crucial information for avoiding harm in this excellent guide. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Whether you're a war correspondent or an aid worker, a tourist worried about an increasingly hostile world, or an armchair traveler concerned that your own backyard is fast becoming a warzone… How to Avoid Being Killed in a Warzone will help you do precisely that. Rosie Garthwaite, a journalist whose career started in war-torn Basra, combines lively personal anecdote with practical advice drawn from her own experience and that of others --including many respected colleagues in the field — who have lived and worked in some of the world's most hostile and volatile regions. Topics covered include how to avoid being misunderstood; how to avoid bombs and booby traps; how to escape from a riot; how to deal with frostbite and heat exhaustion; how to avoid trouble in sex, love and war; and how to recover mentally and physically after surviving various forms of trauma. The book is a true survival manual — and all medical advice has been vetted by doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières — but it is also an incredibly enjoyable and informative read, for men and women of all ages. Perfect for those planning short trips to or extended stays in dangerous destinations, or for those who just want to be thoroughly prepared, wherever life takes them.
About the Author
Rosie Garthwaite began her journalistic career as a freelance reporter in Basra, Iraq just after graduating college, and learned first-hand about survival in dangerous regions. She wrote this book to provide the practical information people were always asking her for — drawing on her own experience and that of more veteran colleagues. Garthwaite works as a TV reporter in the Middle East and is based in Doha, Qatar. This is her first book.
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