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Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya

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Two years ago, when she was thirty years old, Anne Nivat decided to see first-hand what war was all about. Russia had just launched its second brutal campaign against Chechnya. And though the Russians strictly forbade Westerners from covering the war, the aspiring French journalist decided she would go.

There are two very real dangers in Chechnya: being arrested by the Rus
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published April 5th 2001 by PublicAffairs (first published June 2nd 2000)
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Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Before there was "Operation Iraqi Freedom", there was the war in Chechnya. A war that the Russians try to disguise as an insurrection. A war that could easily have been avoided if Moscow had simply given Chechnya the sovereignty it sought in the early 1990s. Here in this book, Anne Nivat shows both the horrors and absurdities of the Chechnyan War.

I commend Mlle. Nivat for her courage in going out on her own into Chechnya to get at the heart of the story. Anne Nivat is a gutsy woman. Her story i
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Harrowing, and very human, reporting from the front line of the 2nd Chechen war. Anne Nivat is an excellent writer, she is incredibly brave and is able to be objective and very humane at the same time.

She lucidly describes this brutal war and the horror inflicted on the inhabitants of the region, most of whom couldn't care less about whether their state is independent or part of the Russian Federation, they just want to get on with their lives.

Nothing changes in that respect, eh?
M Gilbert
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anne Nivat is a courageous woman. She went to Chechnya, often sneaking across security points packed with refugees and ill-trained, ill-paid Russian soldiers who just want to go home. She waited with people too weary of war to care about impending bombs that could level their homes at any hour. She tells about ordinary people, most of whom could care less about independence from the Russian Federation, who suffer intolerably. I was touched by these gripping stories of tragedy. I am angry that th ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THe book is definitely worth reading. This is not a roman though. For those who are thinking to read it, please pay attention this book is a documentar of a war journalist. THis is not a tipycal story. This is a long reportage about the war in Chechnya.
I have found the book amazing, even though the style of the book does not make it easy to read in one breath. This is still a book about a war, a brutal one. However, it helped me a lot to understand what is behind all the wars where russian fede
T. Fowler
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author tells the amazing story of her travels though Chechnya and surrounding countries in the Caucasus in the 1990s, between the wars and during the second one. She gives a first-hand account of what she saw and heard as she moves surruptiously around the countryside, without permission from the Russians but helped by many ordinary Chechens, all whom are suffering terribly from the conflict where no one side is right. She is courageous, sometimes foolish, always sympathetic to the simple vi ...more
Eric Kruger
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is hard-hitting stuff, from a forgotten corner of the world. Regular Chechen folks have been under the knife for 20 years, and nobody cares because they're not abjectly pathetic enough for the bleeding hearts and they're too Muslim for conservative hard-liners. No matter: the Chechens are the baddest people on the planet, and their impact will continue to be felt, far beyond their tiny population.
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Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Read this book. Period.
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Anne Nivat is amazing!
Apr 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Given to me as a gift, an enthralling read about the recorded atrocities in Chechnya. Horrors abound but the courage of this reporter keeps you turning the pages.
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Anne Nivat is an award-winning French journalist and war correspondent who has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She is known for interviews and character portraits in print of civilians, especially women, and their experiences of war.

Nivat completed her doctorate in political science after education at Paris Institute of Political Studies, or Sciences Po, in Paris.

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