By George Weller, Anthony Weller
Walter Cronkite referred to as him “one of our greatest battle correspondents.” His tales from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Paciﬁc in the course of global battle II received him the Pulitzer Prize. Now, George Weller is immortalized in a suite of fearless, intrepid dispatches that crisscross a shattered globe. Edited by means of his son, Weller’s struggle presents an eyewitness examine sleek history’s maximum upheaval, and in addition includes never-published reporting along excerpts from 3 books. From battlefront to beachhead, Weller incisively chronicles the heroism and humanity that also controlled to triumph amid horriﬁc events.
Following the Nazi seizure of jap Europe and his personal “quarantine” in Greece through the Gestapo, George Weller accompanies Congolese troops releasing Ethiopia for Haile Selassie. He is still in doomed Singapore till the colony falls. On Java, he watches courageous American ﬁghter pilots hold up the island’s cave in. Strafed by way of jap planes, he escapes through small boat to Australia. He covers the Paciﬁc, from the Solomon Islands to the jungle hell of recent Guinea. again in Europe he sees a liberated Greece beset through civil battle, then crosses the center East. In Burma, he dangers guerrilla raids at the back of enemy strains. on the war’s shut, he hurries from China to a defeated yet uncowed Japan, the place new horrors look ahead to.
And he struggles all through opposed to a tireless adversary—censorship. bright and heart-stopping, the dispatches of global struggle II reporter George Weller are as intimate, memorable, and appropriate this present day as they have been approximately seventy years ago—and show what it intended to be a overseas correspondent lengthy prior to the period of satellite tv for pc telephones and the Internet.
From the Hardcover edition.
In an age of proliferating media and information assets, who has the ability to outline fact? while the dominant media declared the life of WMDs in Iraq, did that make it a truth? this present day, the "Social net" (sometimes referred to as internet 2.0, groupware, or the participatory net) -- epitomized by way of blogs, viral movies, and YouTube -- creates new pathways for truths to emerge and makes attainable new strategies for media activism. In Digital Media and Democracy, prime students in media and conversation stories, media activists, reporters, and artists discover the contradiction on the center of the connection among fact and tool this day: the truth that the unconventional democratization of information and multiplication of resources and voices made attainable by way of electronic media coexists with the blatant falsification of knowledge by way of political and company powers. The ebook maps a brand new electronic media panorama that includes citizen journalism, The day-by-day exhibit, running a blog, and substitute media. The participants speak about huge questions of media and politics, provide nuanced analyses of switch in journalism, and adopt targeted examinations of using web-based media in shaping political and social routine. The chapters comprise not just essays via famous media students but additionally interviews with such reporters and media activists as Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Media issues host Robert McChesney, and Hassan Ibrahim of Al Jazeera.
Contributors and intervieweesShaina Anand, Chris Atton, Megan Boler, Axel Bruns, Jodi Dean, Ron Deibert, Deepa Fernandes, Amy Goodman, Brian Holmes, Hassan Ibrahim, Geert Lovink, Nathalie Magnan, Robert McChesney, Graham Meikle, Susan Moeller, Alessandra Renzi, Ricardo Rosas, Trebor Scholz, D. Travers Scott, Rebecca Statzel.
By George Rodman
Mass Media in a altering World introduces scholars to the realm of media via a special constitution that makes the fabric simply intelligible and significant to their lives. each one bankruptcy is split into three-part narrative sections: background, undefined, and controversy. Mass Media in a altering international is the tale of the place the media got here from, why they do what they do, and why these activities reason controversies. the hot fourth variation positive factors insurance of latest media and the importance of cellular media in mass conversation together with new sections at the convergence of economics of the net and cellular industries and the historical past of cellular media.
By Guy Reel
This booklet analyzes the nationwide Police Gazette, the racy ny urban tabloid that won an viewers between males and boys of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries. taking a look at how photographs of intercourse, crime, and activities mirrored and formed masculinities in this watershed period, this booklet quantities to a narrative of what it intended to be an American guy at first of the yank Century.
By Dana Milbank
Washington submit columnist Dana Milbank takes a good and balanced examine the unsettling upward push of the foolish Fox information host Glenn Beck.
Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that “the tree of Liberty has to be refreshed at times with the blood of patriots and tyrants. it really is its normal manure.” In the US in 2010, Glenn Beck presents the very refreshment Jefferson had in brain: even if he’s the patriot or the tyrant, he’s certainly jam-packed with manure.
The wildly well known Fox information host with 3 million day-by-day audience completely captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free kingdom of our political tradition. the key to his good fortune is his willingness to site visitors within the fringe conspiracies and net rumour that others wouldn’t contact with a ten-foot pole: dying panels, govt medical insurance for canine, FEMA concentration camps, an Obama protection strength like Hitler’s SS.
yet Beck, who's, in line with a up to date Gallup ballot, fashionable by way of extra americans than the Pope, has not anything in his history that identifies him as an ideologue, giving upward thrust to the theory that his right-wing shtick is simply that—the act of a super showman, recognized for either his over-the-top day-by-day outrages and for weeping at the air.
Milbank describes, with lacerating wit, simply how the previous surprise jock with no collage measure has controlled to turn into the main recognizable chief of antigovernment conservatives and exposes him because the man who's single-handedly giving patriotism a foul identify.
By Simon Read
In these far-flung corners of the area, reporting from front strains among 1895 and 1900, Churchill mastered his celebrated command of language and shaped robust reviews approximately struggle. He concept little of his personal own defense, so confident used to be he of his future, leaping at any probability to be the place bullets flew and canons roared. "I think about my star—that i'm meant to do anything within the world," he wrote to his mom on the age of twenty-three earlier than heading into battle.
Based on his deepest letters and conflict reportage, Winston Churchill Reporting intertwines younger Winston's bold exploits in strive against, adventures in far-off corners of the globe, and upward push as a massive literary talent—experiences that formed the realm chief he was once to become.
By James Agee
A re-discovered masterpiece of reporting by means of a literary icon and a celebrated photographer
In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans released Let Us Now compliment well-known Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony approximately 3 tenant farming households in Hale County, Alabama on the peak of the good melancholy. The ebook shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling referred to as it the “most lifelike and most vital ethical attempt of our American generation.”
The origins of Agee and Evan's well-known collaboration date again to an task for Fortune journal, which despatched them to Alabama in the summertime of 1936 to document a narrative that was once by no means released. a few have assumed that Fortune's editors shelved the tale as a result unconventional kind that marked Let Us Now compliment recognized Men, and for years the unique record used to be lost.
But fifty years after Agee’s loss of life, a trove of his manuscripts became out to incorporate a typescript categorized “Cotton Tenants.” as soon as tested, the pages made it transparent that Agee had in reality written a masterly, 30,000-word record for Fortune.
Published the following for the 1st time, and observed via thirty of Walker Evans’s historical images, Cotton Tenants is an eloquent document of 3 households suffering via determined occasions. certainly, Agee’s dispatch is still suitable as essentially the most sincere explorations of poverty in the United States ever tried and as a foundational rfile of long-form reporting. because the novelist Adam Haslett writes in an advent, it truly is “a poet’s short for the prosecution of monetary and social injustice.”
Co-Published with The Baffler magazine
At the guts of Africa is the Congo, a rustic the dimensions of Western Europe, bordering 9 different international locations, that on account that 1996 has been wracked by means of a brutal conflict during which thousands have died. In Dancing within the Glory of Monsters, well known political activist and researcher Jason ok. Stearns has written a compelling and deeply-reported narrative of ways Congo turned a failed kingdom that collapsed right into a warfare of retaliatory massacres. Stearns brilliantly describes the main perpetrators, a lot of whom he met in my opinion, and highlights the character of the political method that introduced those humans to energy, in addition to the ethical judgements with which the struggle faced them. Now up-to-date with a brand new advent, Dancing within the Glory of Monsters tells the whole tale of Africa’s nice War.
By Hunter S. Thompson
Activities, POLITICS, AND intercourse COLLIDE IN HUNTER S. THOMPSON'S WILDLY well known ESPN.COM COLUMNS.
Insightful, incendiary, outrageously fabulous, such was once the guy who galvanized American journalism together with his radical principles and gonzo strategies. For over part a century, Hunter S. Thompson devastated his readers together with his acerbic wit and uncanny clutch of politics and background. His reign as "The Unabomber of up to date letters" (Time) is extra mythical than ever with hi there Rube. worry, greed, and motion abound during this hilarious, thought-provoking compilation as Thompson doles out searing indictments and uproarious rants whereas delivering remark on politics, intercourse, and activities -- now and then all within the similar column.
With an enlightening foreword by means of ESPN government editor John Walsh, critics' favorites, and never-before-published columns, good day Rube follows Thompson in the course of the starting of the recent century, revealing his queasiness over the 2000 election ("rigged and stuck from the start"); his tackle expert activities (to enhance significant League Baseball "eliminate the pitcher"); and his myriad debatable critiques and brutally sincere observations on matters plaguing the USA -- together with the Bush management and the inequities in the American judicial method.
Hey Rube supplies us a long-lasting examine the gonzo journalist in his so much natural shape -- unbridled, astute, and irreverent.
"Punctuated via moments of superb iconoclasm, in addition to profound questions for our age."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"Thompson is a certainly precise determine in American journalism, an outstanding comedian author and a ferociously outspoken social and political critic."
-- The Washington Post
"You can't aid yet be joyful that after all of it hit the fan, Hunter S. Thompson was once operating the activities Desk."
-- the hot York Sun
"This compilation...has worry and loathing in it, after all, yet underneath its ornery doomsday facade is a message of wish: What occurs within the stadiums and box homes of the USA is perhaps past your regulate, yet what occurs within the urban councils and statehouses is as much as you."
Thompson is, after all, the writer of a number of ny occasions best-selling books, together with worry and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972), that is probably his so much effectively well-known one. he's the good and recognized practitioner of so-called gonzo journalism, this means that, no less than by way of the definition set right here in his most up-to-date choice of journalistic items, remark during which his ruminations pass some distance previous the thought-provoking into the nation-states of the audacious, preposterous, and outrageous. particularly, what's accrued listed here are Thompson's renowned ESPN.com columns; extra particularly, the essays are approximately activities occasions and figures and what activities capability in today's society, yet he makes use of the huge topic of activities to release into commenting humorously, fiercely, and particularly intelligently on politics and intercourse. He calls being a political candidate "living in Public Housing"; he sees the dying of NASCAR motive force Dale Earnhardt as being publicly perceived as a message that whatever is incorrect with the "machinery of the yank nation"; and he avers that "the global scenario has turn into so anxious and incorrect that failures that will were unimaginable years in the past are nearly ordinary today."
From Publishers Weekly
This choice of rants and reflections, taken from the king of gonzo journalism's new activities column at ESPN.com, screens an strength and humor missing in a few of his more moderen collections and may please either his outdated and new lovers drastically. Thompson has admitted being as a lot a activities enthusiast as a political junkie, and those columns provide many hard-hitting yet undeniable sportswriter insights, reminiscent of how a activities Illustrated disguise on Boston purple Sox megastar Nomar Garciaparra featured a "cynically homoerotic image." A sidebar on "New principles for Baseball" ("Eliminate the Pitcher") is not just humorous but additionally an astute critique of the way uninteresting he believes baseball has develop into. yet Thompson by no means loses sight of his higher photo: "The simply real Blood recreation during this state is high-end Politics." His view of George Bush—"a half-bright soccer trainer who is going right into a great video game with no online game Plan"—can occasionally be repetitious. yet he hasn't misplaced his ability as a reporter: e.g., his description of the "exact moment" whilst he knew Gore might by no means win Florida—when the Bush relatives seemed on television "hooting & sneering on the dumbness of the complete world" that they'd permit Florida slip away.
By Norman Mailer
In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, African American boxers have been paid 5 million cash apiece to struggle one another. One was once Muhammad Ali, the getting older yet irrepressible “professor of boxing.” the opposite used to be George Foreman, who was once as taciturn as Ali was once voluble. gazing them used to be Norman Mailer, a commentator of exceptional strength, acumen, and audacity. even if he's reading the warring parties’ strikes, reading their characters, or weighing their competing claims at the African and American souls, Mailer’s grab of the immense battle’s feints and stratagems—and his sensitivity to their deeper symbolism—makes this e-book a masterpiece of the literature of sport.
Praise for The Fight
“Exquisitely sophisticated and attenuated . . . [a] delicate portrait of a unprecedented athlete and guy, and a pugilistic drama totally as intriguing because the truth on which it really is based.”—The big apple Times
“One of the defining texts of activities journalism. not just does Mailer keep in mind the violent strive against with a scholar’s eye . . . he additionally makes the full act of reporting appear as fascinating as what’s taking place within the ring.”—GQ
“Stylistically, Mailer used to be the best boxing author of all time.”—Chuck Klosterman, Esquire
“One of Mailer’s best books.”—Louis Menand, The New Yorker
Praise for Norman Mailer
“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and bigger than the other author of his generation.”—The big apple Times
“A author of the best and so much reckless talent.”—The New Yorker
“Mailer is integral, an American treasure.”—The Washington Post
“A devastatingly alive and unique inventive mind.”—Life
“Mailer is fierce, brave, and reckless and approximately every thing he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”—The manhattan assessment of Books
“The biggest brain and mind's eye [in sleek] American literature . . . in contrast to with reference to each American author considering Henry James, Mailer has controlled to develop and develop into richer in knowledge with each one new book.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mailer is a grasp of his craft. His language consists of you thru the tale like a leaf on a stream.”—The Cincinnati Post