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In the Hot Zone by Kevin Sites
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Nov 04, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: 2007, current-events, travelogue, non-fiction, dead-tree
Read in November, 2007

I first heard of Kevin Sites when he came to give a talk to a journalism class at my school, which I crashed. What he attempted to do was amazing, and I was very glad to find this book at the airport bookshop while I was waiting for my flight. This book, though billed as "current events" is more of a memoir. He gives the basic history of each of the conflict zones he covers, but what he does that is more valuable, in my opinion, is give a human face to the conflict. He tells the stories of those affected by these wars: the innocent bystanders, the soldiers, and the victims. I wish he could have given more depth to each but it was a necessary weakness when he was only in each area for a few short weeks.

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“The story is about being loyal to the truth as a nation, that citizens of a democracy are collectively responsible for what their troops do in war, good or bad.”
Kevin Sites, In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars

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