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Telegram From Guernica

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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.
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Published March 18th 2004 by Faber & Faber (first published April 2003)
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Elizabeth
May 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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
Tony
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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?
Therese
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is rare that the author of a biography writes as beautifully as his subject. Nicholas Rankin is such an author. He details the life and exploits of George Steer, with sensitivity, skill and "you are there" feelings of immediacy. It was Steer who sent the eye witness account that appeared in the foreign news pages of the Times of London, and on the front page of the New York Times, on April 27th 1937, of the destruction of Guernica, or in Basque, Gernika. The town had been fire-bombed for ...more
James Murphy
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
To read "Telegram from Guernica" is to read the fascinating account of a journalist who pursued not just the story, but the truth behind the story. It wasn't enough for George L. Steer to witness the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War; he had to know why the bombing was so devastating. His discovery that incendiary bombs were used on Guernica, that the bombing took place at a time when the town would be crowded with people, and that the bombing was done by Germans fighting in ...more
Rob Innis
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Paul Taylor
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Specialist interest but a well put together biography of a crucial period in world history as nations and communities sought self determination as political and economic ideologies forged the major events of history. Syeer had an uncanny ability to find himself at the heart of the action.
Ross Parkinson
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Informative, clear and concise as a good sunday newspaper should be. Fascinating.
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