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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 5 of 5 stars
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
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?
Rob Innis
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.
Informative, clear and concise as a good sunday newspaper should be. Fascinating.
A pioneer in the use of war propaganda
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