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In Buying the Night Flight Georgie Anne Geyer, one of the first American woman to cover wars abroad, tells of her thrilling rise from cub reporter to foreign correspondent as she made her way into the male-dominated world of journalism. Born from thirty years of reporting experience, Geyer transports the reader to Guatemala, Cuba, Egypt, Russia, and Cambodia, recounting the history and politics, adventure and exhaustion of the times with political insight, humor, and passion. Told with brilliance and dead-on honesty, this book vividly captures the triumphs of a determined and talented young reporter.

About the Author

Georgie Anne Geyer has reported on political events around the world for the past three decades. She is the author of numerous books including Guerilla Prince: The Untold Story of Fidel Castro. She holds twenty-one honorary degrees from various colleges and universities and is syndicated in nearly 120 newspapers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (August 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226289915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226289915
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Georgie Anne Geyer is a veteran foreign correspondent and a syndicated columnist on international affairs. She is renowned for her in-depth interviews with world leaders, including Anwar Sadat, Saddam Hussein, numerous American presidents, and the elusive Fidel Castro, the subject of her controversial book Guerrilla Prince. Her 10 books also include her own fascinating autobiography, Buying the Night Flight.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Geyer reveals her life and work as a wonderful adventure. As one of the first women foreign correspondents, she was where the action was. She provides us not only with brilliant insight into the geo-political events of Vietnam, Central America, and the USSR, but makes each of her tours an adventure. Ms. Geyer is truly a gifted writer. You have so much fun reading about her adventures, you may not realize you are learning a lot about foreign politics at the same time. This is a great book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David M.Dastych on August 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I know Geogie Anne Geyer personally. We met first in Poland in the 1980's when she covered my country after the military coup in 1981. I have red her autobiography several times. I translated it to Polish in jail, when I was a political prisoner of the communists. This woman is a unique example of an investigative journalist. If she had fought in the wars, she would become a war hero. But she covers all the wars and revolutions that broke out during her mature life.What I like about Georgie Anne ("GeeGee") is her sharp mind and toughness. She always gets to the heart of the matter. But (a unique feature) she's also a lovely woman who never looses her charm. I recommend her book to everyone who is conscious of the World we live in. DAVID MARIUS DASTYCH (60),a veteran international journalist, Warsaw, Poland. E-Mail me at: starm@poczta.onet.pl Date: August 12, 2001 on Sunday
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Zhou on December 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Let me make two things clear: "Buying the Night Flight" is a good autobiography, and it is also the account of a woman's amazing career as a trailblazer in the field of journalism.

Geyer was truly a pioneer and a real lady. As a female foreign correspondent, something of a rarity back in the old days, she had to overcome a lot of obstacles. Not only was she not as respected as her male counterparts in her profession, she was also in a line of work that's very physically and mentally demanding for a woman. What's more, as one of the first female foreign correspondents, Geyer really had no one to look up to or to learn from. She had to make up a lot of her own rules as she went along. But as she marches into uncharted territories, whether it's the deep Columbian jungles ruled by the rebels, or a hostage crisis in Egypt, she proves to us time and time again in this book that not only did she succeeded in surviving each assignment with the most fascinating stories and interviews, what's more, she's always done it with class and stylish prose.

What I loved most about this book is Geyer's unrelenting criticism and analyses on herself through each situation. Being pretty much the very first female foreign correspondent, Geyer is acutely aware of her limitations as a woman. But she had also learned that there are many advantages to being a woman, namely that women are more sensitive, and are actually able to get men to open up more. At the same time, Geyer is also honest about the sacrifices that she's had to make in her personal life in order to gain the achievements in her professional life. That's another element that makes this book a good autobiography, because it's such a truthful introspective on the author.
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I read this book in college in the mid-'80s and was inspired. I read it again last year, and it was even better than I remembered. Georgie Anne Geyer blazed a trail for female journalists in the '60s and '70s and set an example for all journalists who aspire to be a foreign correspondent - a craft that is sadly vanishing in today's newspaper culture.
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