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Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches

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A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder

Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is Journalism Worth Dying For? is a long-awaited collection of her final writing.

Beginning with a brief introduction by the author about her pariah status, the book conta
Paperback, 468 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Melville House (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
great examples of what journalsim can be, not like it is anymore, at least in usa. politkovskaya reported most (at least towards the end of her life) about russo chechen wars and the nasty nasty things going on there both by the russian govt and the freedom fighters (fighting now for now, oh, about 800 years) .
mostly this book are translated reprints of her articles for a moscow paper. funny, fairly balanced, hard hitting news she was murdered for.
Mikey B.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of news stories by the assassinated Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. It should also be emphasized that she is only one of several journalists who have been killed in Russia in recent years.

It is more than hinted at in this book that Russia, under Putin, is regressing democratically and becoming more and more totalitarian. The long and authoritarian past of Russian history is re-emerging. The war in Chechnya illustrates this well – Ms. Politkovskaya documents the contin
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you weren't already aware, the former Soviet Union is corrupt. Very, very corrupt. At least that's what Politkovskaya thought and I for one am inclined to believe her. Every stereotype that defines Russian culture in my mind—the secrecy, stoic military guards wearing thick wool hats while surrounded by a thick haze of cold air and cigarette smoke, alcoholism, inept government workers and oligarchs trailed by bodyguards in armored motorcades—well, they all kind of crop up innocently in the boo ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
American news sucks! It does. It really does. It use to be okay if you had cable. Then Al Gore brought the International News Network and turned it into Current (which is a waste of space), then the BBC American Newscast on BBC America went on PBS. Lying people, it is not the small newscast. It is only carried by one local PBS network where I live (on my cable I have access to three, not counting secondary channels), and on PBS it is only half an hour, not the HOUR it was on BBC America. It's no ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The more I read Anna Politkovskaya’s work the more I realize what an immense loss her death was ... especially to a world grappling with terrorism. It's hard for me to think of someone I admire more.
She represented the honor and conscience of Russia, and probably no one will ever know the source of her fanatical courage and love of the work she was doing. ~ Liza Umarova, Chechen singer

She's the journalist who returned time and time again to Chechnya, reporting on the atrocities occurring ther
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While any Politkovskaya book is an emotionally intense experience, this one is particularly wrenching: it begins with articles she wrote during the final years of her life, including the articles that may have led to her murder, and ends with tributes--some heartfelt, some grudging--paid to her after her death by her friends, admirers, and enemies (Ramzan Kadyrov and Vladimir Putin's official statements are both included). The final impression is one of a person of superhuman forthrightness and ...more
Ionut Tiu
Une collection des articles publiés pas Anna Politkovskaïa dans le journal Novaya Gazeta. Les articles sont en plus part sur le sujet des deux guerres tchetchenes et ils sont très difficiles à digérer à cause de la durité de la réalité.
À la fin il y a aussi quelques articles sur Anna écrits par ses amies et son mari, qui lui donne une note personnel.
Recommandé pour connaître la realité des conflits tchetchens.
Sue Campbell
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Hard to rate. The subject matter is heavy, dark and translated from Russian, so its dense, as well. I wanted to read about the journalist out of curiosity and as research for the next book I'm writing.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Note: This is copied from the review on my blog

Is Journalism Worth Dying For?

Yes. It’s a simple answer but one made all the more apparent and justified as you read this book and take a look at the atrocities which have taken place across the Russia and Chechnya. And it’s amazing how intimate a picture Anna is able to paint in just a few short articles about what’s going on in one small corner of the world – a depressing one though. I’m astounded at the role th
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna Politkovskaya was a correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya. The definition of a hero in many people's eyes is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities. Anna was more than a hero. She was the voice of the Russian people…the suppressed, the murdered, the victimized. She was extremely brave to speak out for the atrocities done to the people in Chechnya and other parts of Russia. She was murdered in her ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
These are basically compilations of articles that Anna wrote before her death in 2006, being the victim of a contract killing on October 7, 2006.
The articles are an amazing piece of work. Anna's writings are eye-opening, sharp, and detailed. I found it hard to go through so many articles at once, just for the sheer magnitude of the volume (480 pages).
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: journo
Entre más leo a Politkovskaya más claro tengo que ella hizo de su profesión y, principalmente, de los temas que investigó, una causa. Mujer valiente, sensible y con un sueño de justicia. Logró captar la atención mundial y que 40 crímenes de lesa humanidad fueran llevados a la "justicia" rusa. También consiguió su muerte. El libro me entristeció muchísimo.
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a heavy concentration of articles and testimonies written and gathered by Politkovskaia about the conflict between Tchetchenia and Russia, and the war against the opposants to the system. Needs a little personnal research, in spite of the translators notes, to fully understand what it's about, and who are the people in the book.
Jun 07, 2011 is currently reading it
The final dispatches from the internationally celebrated Russian journalist who was murdered in Moscow in 2006.
Apr 06, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: russian, journalism
Whew, powerful and sobering review of this courageous journalist's work in NYT.
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: npr-recommended
Good, but sad and difficult to read at times. War is no easy topic.
Tom Chang
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very eye-opening book about an uphill battle for truth amidst government corruption.
Norman Felchle
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not easy subject matter....but how can you not read something the writer actually died for?
Important stuff for understanding Russia and Chechnya...but...also for keeping an eye on the way America's going in relation to terrorism.
In addition to all that, there's a touching sense of who Anna was as a person, conveyed not just by her writing...but also by tributes written by friends, co-workers, admirers...and even enemies.
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Russian journalist and human rights activist well-known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and Russian president Putin.

Politkovskaya made her name reporting from lawless Chechnya, where many journalists and humanitarian workers have been kidnapped or killed. She was arrested and subjected to mock execution by Russian military forces there, and she was poisoned on the way to Beslan, but sur
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“How we react to the tragedy of one small person accurately reflects our attitude towards a whole nationality, and increasing the numbers doesn't change much.” 16 likes
“At least a circus performance does not last long, and the regime availing itself of the services of clownish journalists has the longevity of a mouldering mushroom.” 3 likes
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