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Telegram From Guernica

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George Steer, journalist and adventurer, had a spectacularly exciting career: he was a friend and supporter of Haile Selassie and was the first to unmask the Nazi involvement in the bombing of Guernica. In this biography, Nicholas Rankin reveals his extraordinary life.
Published March 18th 2004 by Faber & Faber (first published April 2003)
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May 06, 2007 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I couldn't put down this engrossing biography of George Steer, who seems to have had a knack for being in the most interesting places at the most interesting times. Steer was one of the first to report that German planes were present at the bombing of Guernica; he was heavily involved in Ethiopia and close with Haile Selassie; he covered the Finnish resistance in World War II; and he pioneered the use of propoganda in open conflict. This biography was so well-written that I actually cried when I ...more
James Murphy
Jul 10, 2016 James Murphy rated it really liked it
To read "Telegram from Guernica" is to read the fascinating account of a journalist who pursued not just the story, but the truth behind the story. It wasn't enough for George L. Steer to witness the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War; he had to know why the bombing was so devastating. His discovery that incendiary bombs were used on Guernica, that the bombing took place at a time when the town would be crowded with people, and that the bombing was done by Germans fighting in suppo ...more
Jan 02, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it
Fascinating account of a short but eventful life, against a backdrop of war in Ethiopia, Spain, Finland and Burma. Do people lead lives like this any more?
Therese Rickman-bull
Sep 07, 2016 Therese Rickman-bull rated it really liked it
It is rare that the author of a biography writes as beautifully as his subject. Nicholas Rankin is such an author. He details the life and exploits of George Steer, with sensitivity, skill and "you are there" feelings of immediacy. It was Steer who sent the eye witness account that appeared in the foreign news pages of the Times of London, and on the front page of the New York Times, on April 27th 1937, of the destruction of Guernica, or in Basque, Gernika. The town had been fire-bombed for thre ...more
Rob Innis
Jun 04, 2013 Rob Innis rated it really liked it
Well researched and written account of George Steer - who, amongst many other adventures and assignments, reported from Guernica on the bombing during the Spanish Civil War.
To be honest I bought the book because of the title and wanting to know more about the Guernica bombing - but discovered Steer who became quite a hero and instigator of wartime modern tactics using the power of the pen.
May 31, 2013 Victor rated it really liked it
Informative, clear and concise as a good sunday newspaper should be. Fascinating.
Sep 07, 2012 Gmastalli rated it really liked it
A pioneer in the use of war propaganda
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