Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the World
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Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the World

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Martin Fletcher doesn’t claim to be a hero. Yet he didn’t flinch, either. During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes his growth from clue...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jack
There is no substitute for eyewitness accounts in history. Before Anderson Cooper gained popularity for "seeing the event for yourself," Martin Fletcher set the industry standard in the 1970s and 1980s for all field journalists, especially war correspondents. The encounters which Fletcher recounts in this memoir are astonishing, shocking, and captivating. In Fletcher, one learns as much about the culture of media as the political and military conflicts of the 20th century. In the midst of seeing...more
Bill
Fletcher is an excellent writer, and he shares many of his interesting experiences in this book. He tackles some complex moral issues for reporters. For example, how appropriate is it to film someone dying of starvation? His stories set in Israel during the Intifidas were especially compelling for me, based on my recent trip to Israel.
Beth
Fascinating. The journalists journey and his perspective on some horrific events.
Alper Bahadir
It seemed to me like what could have been a honest, unpretentious book got ruined by Fletcher's editor pushing him to 'tell the greater story". At every turn Fletcher connects the events he is narrating with the endless moral dilemmas of being a journalist and his family's holocaust history, over and over and over again. So unnecessary - the events he is telling would have been interesting enough. Also, there are a few awkward moments in the book where he makes ignorant and even offensive commen...more
Toby McMillen
'Breaking News...' is a very compelling recollection of the life of a journalist who has covered some of the most important and brutal conflicts of the last quarter century. While it features many stories of how such a newsman actually does his job, the most interesting theme throughout the book is how the author began, over the years, to struggle with the moral impact of the things he would see, and the contradictions inherent in often finding himself covering both sides of a conflict. Excellen...more
Linda
This was an interesting read from one of broadcast journalism's veteran reporters. His insight into the life of a international war correspondent, jetting around the world to cover the latest conflict is part adventure story, part soul searching and part justification for why he does the things he does. It's not always about the story.
Karen
yet another journalist's memoir. but fletcher's tales of life as a young journalist in southern africa in the early 70s and his experiences in cyprus even out an account that is otherwise bogged down with reportage from more familiar - and overly chronicled - fronts.
Paul
Memoir of NBC senior correspondent in Tel Aviv. His career as a war correspondent spans from Rhodesia and South Africa in the 70’s, to Israel, Somalia, Kosovo, and back Israel. He tries to understand the morality of his job, and why he does it.
Alissa
As a journalist I found Fletcher's story immensely compelling and fascinating. Reading it was easy and generally non confrontational like many war correspondents memoirs tend to be. I really enjoyed this book.
Susan
I found it really thought provoking just about war in general. It was fascinating seeing behind the scenes of newscasts.
Ayelet
Brings out the moral dilemnas in reporting. Also, his Israeli wife is named Hagar - who would do that to their child?
Joan
This book was good. Interesting to see what Martin Fletcher went through in his journalism travels.
Colleen
Excellent. Martin Fletcher has led an amazing life as a reporter. This is what history should read like.
Jasoches
Eye opening book about war and just how good we have it here in the US.
Jenny
Good insights on Rwanda, Somalia, and the Middle East.
Libby Ruwitch
Very entertaining. Quick read.
Renee
couldn't put it down . . .
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MARTIN FLETCHER, Special Correspondent, NBC News and PBS, has won five Emmies, a Columbia University Dupont award, and many more broadcasting awards. He has written two non-fiction books, one of which won the National Jewish Book Award, and two novels. He is currently writing his third novel, splitting his time between London, Tel Aviv and New York.
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