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Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the World

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Martin Fletcher doesn’t claim to be a hero. Yet he didn’t flinch, either. During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes his growth fro

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
There is no substitute for eyewitness accounts in history. Before Anderson Cooper gained popularity for "seeing the event for yourself," Martin Fletcher set the industry standard in the 1970s and 1980s for all field journalists, especially war correspondents. The encounters which Fletcher recounts in this memoir are astonishing, shocking, and captivating. In Fletcher, one learns as much about the culture of media as the political and military conflicts of the 20th century. In the midst of seeing ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This man has seen more drama than a Kartrashian. Amazing experiences/excellent reporting.
Kim Killian
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Martin Fletcher, known best as a TV reporter for NBC, has recent several books, including Breaking News about his work as a foreign correspondent. He started as a cameraman for NBC News in 1977 and 32 years later has retired. “He has won almost every award in TV journalism, including the du Pont, known as the TV Pulitzer, five Overseas Press Club awards, the Edward R. Murrow award…including five Emmies”. (1)

With an outstanding career in the field as a war correspondent, he wrote Breaking News to
Tammam Aloudat
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I like best about Breaking News is Martin Fletcher's honesty. He scarcely tries to assume the role of a hero that set off to save the world, au contraire, he describes his motivations, selfishness, biases, and even opportunism; non of which reduces the fact that he was extremely lucky being the right place at the right time and extremely brave doing what he needed to do to get the story. Because Fletcher wasn't trying to appear like a hero, his story came out much more honest and hence ente ...more
Toby McMillen
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
'Breaking News...' is a very compelling recollection of the life of a journalist who has covered some of the most important and brutal conflicts of the last quarter century. While it features many stories of how such a newsman actually does his job, the most interesting theme throughout the book is how the author began, over the years, to struggle with the moral impact of the things he would see, and the contradictions inherent in often finding himself covering both sides of a conflict. Excellen ...more
Alper Bahadir
Apr 13, 2008 rated it liked it
It seemed to me like what could have been a honest, unpretentious book got ruined by Fletcher's editor pushing him to 'tell the greater story". At every turn Fletcher connects the events he is narrating with the endless moral dilemmas of being a journalist and his family's holocaust history, over and over and over again. So unnecessary - the events he is telling would have been interesting enough. Also, there are a few awkward moments in the book where he makes ignorant and even offensive commen ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fletcher is an excellent writer, and he shares many of his interesting experiences in this book. He tackles some complex moral issues for reporters. For example, how appropriate is it to film someone dying of starvation? His stories set in Israel during the Intifidas were especially compelling for me, based on my recent trip to Israel.
Apr 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read from one of broadcast journalism's veteran reporters. His insight into the life of a international war correspondent, jetting around the world to cover the latest conflict is part adventure story, part soul searching and part justification for why he does the things he does. It's not always about the story.
Apr 12, 2008 rated it liked it
yet another journalist's memoir. but fletcher's tales of life as a young journalist in southern africa in the early 70s and his experiences in cyprus even out an account that is otherwise bogged down with reportage from more familiar - and overly chronicled - fronts.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Memoir of NBC senior correspondent in Tel Aviv. His career as a war correspondent spans from Rhodesia and South Africa in the 70’s, to Israel, Somalia, Kosovo, and back Israel. He tries to understand the morality of his job, and why he does it.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a journalist I found Fletcher's story immensely compelling and fascinating. Reading it was easy and generally non confrontational like many war correspondents memoirs tend to be. I really enjoyed this book.
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Brings out the moral dilemnas in reporting. Also, his Israeli wife is named Hagar - who would do that to their child?
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was good. Interesting to see what Martin Fletcher went through in his journalism travels.
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fascinating. The journalists journey and his perspective on some horrific events.
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
I found it really thought provoking just about war in general. It was fascinating seeing behind the scenes of newscasts.
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Martin Fletcher has led an amazing life as a reporter. This is what history should read like.
Anne Rhine-davis
Amazing insight into war correspondents lives and what they really do to 'get that story'.
Aug 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Good insights on Rwanda, Somalia, and the Middle East.
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MARTIN FLETCHER is one of the most respected television news correspondents in the world and he is also rapidly gaining an equally impressive reputation as a writer. He has won many awards, including five Emmys, a Columbia University DuPont Award, several Overseas Press Club Awards, and the National Jewish Book Award. Fletcher and his wife, Hagar, have raised three sons. He spent many years as the ...more
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