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An account of Edward Behr's time in China and South East Asia during the 60s and 70s.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by New English Library Ltd. (first published 1978)
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I read this ages ago, but it sticks. It's a war correspondant's memoir, and provides a really good insight into the process of how people become inured to shocking things, and how they compartmentalize these experiences with geography. It's also funny, which is hard to do when you're up to your knees in blackened bloated bodies. Qudos!
This was a fascinating memoir of a foreign correspondent, Edward Behr. The title refers to a bizarre and callous approach of another journalist when Belgians were being evacuated from Belgian Congo/Zaire. He pursued conflict from continent to continent leading to some disturbing, some funny, some interesting stories.

Apparently the U.S. publisher insisted on changing the title to something completely innocuous, Bearings: A Foreign Correspondent's Life Behind the Lines, which according to his obi
Like "The Farm" above, I bought this from Ayr's best second hand charity book shop, and surprised myself by managing to finish it. Perhaps this was because some of the best chapters were at the end and covered Vietnam, where the absurdity of what was going on and how battles were fought was really well conveyed. Books and accounts like this must have inspired "Apocalypse Now", and the author pulls no punches about the use and abuse of drugs throughout the conflict. I have a suspicion, however, t ...more
Mike Willstrop
A truly honest objective and brave report of war - in the days before some journalists paid kids to throw rocks at tanks to build up a story within budget ... And by doing so built up the war they were reporting on....
Emmet E
Fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of historic events
Picked this up for its weird title (which refers to a question shouted out by a war correspondent walking through a group of war victims in Africa, if I remember correctly) at a flea market, and read it as an entertaining collection of war correspondent anecdotes. Being an economist the one I've told the most often is how a small island ended up using Monopoly money during WWII - and how this became one of the most valuable currencies since the printing presses of all the other currencies were r ...more
Jeroen Kraan
Probably one of the best reporter's memoirs in existence. Very interesting material on a range of African and Asian countries in the 50s and 60s including Algeria, China, and Vietnam. It has the added virtue of being only slightly self-congratulatory, and often very funny. It is not for nothing that the book starts with an acknowledgement to Evelyn Waugh's "Scoop", since the sometimes farcical scenes in this book often resemble the fictional one's in Waugh's masterpiece.
Mr. Behr is the type of reporter (in other words, a professional smart ass)which I aspired to someday become in my misspent youth. This memoir is an enjoyable and absorbing read, and the author, despite his conversational and eminently readable style, manages to convey quite a large measure of information about some of the more (or less, as the case may be...) obscure events of the mid to late 20th century. Well worth reading.
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Edward Samuel Behr was a journalist; he worked primarily as a foreign & war correspondent. He began his career in the early 1950s with the Reuters news agency, then worked for Time-Life, serving as bureau chief in several cities around the world for Time Magazine. He then took a position with Newsweek in 1965 as Asia bureau chief, based in Hong Kong. Later in his career, Mr. Behr also made a n ...more
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