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Staff Pick

Ryszard Kapuscinski is one of the greatest journalists alive and one of the greatest writers, too. The titles don't always fit together easily, but what Kapuscinski does is far more than just journalism. His writing has been part of what he calls the "New Literature," of which Kapuscinski was one of the first and is still one of the best. The Soccer War is by far his best book, made up of dispatches from his years as a foreign correspondent in the Third World, with real-life adventures like you'll find in few journalists' writing today.
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Publisher Comments:

Part diary and part reportage, The Soccer War is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Synopsis:

Part diary and part reportage, The Soccer War is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Here, with characteristic cogency and emotional immediacy, he recounts the stories behind his official press dispatches—searing firsthand accounts of the frightening, grotesque, and comically absurd aspects of life during war. The Soccer War is a singular work of journalism.

About the Author

Kapuscinski is Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent. After graduating with a degree in history from Warsaw University, he was sent to India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to report for the Polish news, which began his lifelong fascination with the Third World. During his four decades of reporting on Asia, Latin America, and Africa, he befriended Che Guevara, Salvador Allende, and Patrice Lumumba; witnessed twenty-seven coups and revolutions; and was sentenced to death four times.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679738053
Author:
Kapuscinski, Ryszard
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Asia - Central
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Revolutions
Subject:
Revolutions -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Africa Description and travel.
Subject:
Asia, Central Description and travel.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
80-2
Publication Date:
19920231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Ryszard Kapuscinski is one of the greatest journalists alive and one of the greatest writers, too. The titles don't always fit together easily, but what Kapuscinski does is far more than just journalism. His writing has been part of what he calls the "New Literature," of which Kapuscinski was one of the first and is still one of the best. The Soccer War is by far his best book, made up of dispatches from his years as a foreign correspondent in the Third World, with real-life adventures like you'll find in few journalists' writing today.

"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Part diary and part reportage, The Soccer War is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Here, with characteristic cogency and emotional immediacy, he recounts the stories behind his official press dispatches—searing firsthand accounts of the frightening, grotesque, and comically absurd aspects of life during war. The Soccer War is a singular work of journalism.
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