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Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl became the focus of international concern when he was kidnapped by Islamic extremists in Pakistan while investigating a story. News of his brutal murder in February 2002 was universally denounced, a tragic loss of a good man and a compassionate journalist who was at home anywhere in the world.
At Home in the World celebrates Pearl's life through 50 of his best stories. Edited by his longtime friend and colleague, Helene Cooper, At Home in the World gives testimony to Mr. Pearl's extraordinary skill as a writer and to his talent for friendship and collaboration. With datelines from the United States and abroad, the articles showcase a dogged reporter who never lost sight of the humanity behind the news. A foreword by his widow, Mariane Pearl, and a contribution by his father, Judea Pearl, celebrate his desire to change the world, his basic decency and fair-mindedness and his sense of fun and love of family.
Mr. Pearl's eye for quirky stories many of which appeared in the Journal's iconic "middle column" and his skill in tracking leads, uncovering wrongdoing and making friends of strangers of all backgrounds and cultures are apparent throughout this carefully assembled collection. The selections range from child beauty pageants in the South to the making of the world's largest Persian rug to the Taliban's exploitation of a gemstone market in order to fund terrorism. Anecdotes from friends and colleagues in the introduction to each section provide background, context and a glimpse of his life at the Journal.
At Home in the World keeps alive Daniel Pearl's spirit through his words and the work that was so important to him.
"[M]ost of these thoughtful and often witty pieces will be a treat for readers who missed them the first time around and the book as a whole stands as a fitting tribute to a journalist who lost his life in the pursuit of truth." Publishers Weekly
"[A] memorial to this courageous man." Library Journal
The South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, award-winning journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Pakistan and later murdered. This celebration of his work contains Pearl's best pieces of his writing spanning the decade of his career with the The Journal's Atlanta, London, Paris, and Bombay bureaus. Foreword by Pearl's widow, Mariane Pearl.
About the Author
Daniel Pearl was named South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, based in Bombay, India, in December 2000. He joined the Journal as a reporter in Atlanta in November 1990 and moved to Washington, D.C., in 1993 to cover transportation. In January 1996 he moved to London, and in February 1998 he began reporting from the Journal's Paris bureau. Mr. Pearl had been a reporter for the North Adams (Mass.) Transcript in 1986, the Springfield, Mass., Union News in 1987 and the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1988, where he won an American Planning Association Award for a five-part series on land use. A Princeton, N.J., native, Mr. Pearl graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in communications. He married Mariane, a French journalist, in 1999. A few months before his abduction on Jan. 23, 2002, the couple discovered she was pregnant. A few days before his abduction, they discovered the child would be a boy.