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Distant Voices

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Throughout his distinguished career as a journalist and film-maker, John Pilger has looked behind the 'official' versions of events to report the real stories of our time.

The centrepiece of this new, expanded edition of his bestselling Distant Voices is Pilger's reporting from East Timor, which he entered secretly in 1993 and where a third of the population has died as a r
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Published September 2nd 2010 by Vintage Digital (first published 1992)
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Stef Rozitis
This one is hard to put a rating to and three is pretty parsimonious of me. A lot about the book is still relevant and well worth reading even after all this time. Some of the earlier sections contain repetition with two or more articles written about the same thing so that you get overloaded and they lose punch (but they are very punchy articles to begin with). I would love to dismiss a lot of what Pilger says as paranoia and go back to a more naive and secure view of the world, but sadly a lot ...more
Nux
Feb 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The main reason I bought this book (and Noam Chomsky's "Rogue State") was because I was fascinated and wanted to know what 'actually' happened in Timor. Having heard a third hand account from friends who went there as the "Observers" at the time of the Public Opinion's Poll time, I found some of the stories just didn't match... hence the book(s). I'd have to say that it's an eye opener and quite a horrifying account of what the military can do... and how 'filtered' the news actually came to the ...more
Mark Colenutt
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pilger has written many books and they are all important works. I have singled this one out as it is a good start to his work and the world that surrounds us. It not only covers issues in Britain, his adopted home, and Australia, his native land, but more importantly international events, many of which Pilger has witnessed first hand. Special place is given to East Timor which was visited by Pilger and there is a revisit to Combodia.

Pilger's documentary 'Year Zero' about the Pol Pot regime made
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Lysergius
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I get the distinct impression that throughout his distinguished career as a journalist and film-maker, John Pilger has tried to look behind the 'official' versions of events to report the on the truth the age we live in.

The centrepiece of this new, expanded edition of his bestselling "Distant Voices" is his reporting from East Timor where (at the time of writing 1993) a third of the population had died as a result of Indonesia's genocidal policies - supported of course by the US.

This edition co
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Kevin Tole
It's kind of strange how it is at the same moment a little dated and at the same time bang up to date. The same problems; the same circumstances,; just different places and different people.

Pilger is a valid voice chipping away at the pillars of the establishment and one of the few voices out there making a coherent (though generally ignored) plea in the darkness for both the left and humanity in general. His writing is always interesting.

This covers a broad range of subjects and is like Heroes.
Teri Cooper
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smashes open some pretty grim patches of Australian inequality like a watermelon off a bridge. This book should be added to the high school curriculum to give the other side to the sanitised version taught in schools...at least, it was 25 years ago when I was still in school! Top read.
Julie
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real eye opener into what's really going on as regards the foreign policies of the British and US governments.
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John Richard Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. He has twice won Britain's Journalist of the Year Award, and his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US. Based in London, he is known for his polemical campaigning style: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on hi ...more
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