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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801884411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801884412
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] singular feat.

(Carlin Romano Philadelphia Inquirer)

Any college-level collection strong in journalism must have Journalists under Fire.

(California Bookwatch)

Feinstein's eye-opener should be compulsory reading for all news managers, for whom 'dramatic war footage will always prove irresistible.'

(The Australian)

Feinstein is a consummate researcher with an insightful and beautifully poetic writing style... As soon as I finished reading this book, I wanted to start all over again.

(Rick Hughes Counselling at Work)

Journalists Under Fire is not a textbook of post-traumatic stress disorder or psychological trauma; rather it puts flesh on the bones of the sanitised, sterile descriptions of psychopathology in the academic literature... sometimes disturbing and upsetting but always compelling.

(Martin Deahl British Journal of Psychiatry)

Blending fact, interpretation, and fierce poignancy, this first-rate, readable book is a scholarly triumph.

(Choice)

Feinstein captures an intimate view of this tight-knit community and encourages a deeper appreciation for the reality of war journalism—and its accompanying emotional fallout.

(Journal of Peace Research)

War journalists, like all who have prolonged exposure to violence, come home emotionally maimed and often broken. And yet, a news culture in denial has pretended that war journalists are immune from trauma. This fit into the macho culture of war journalism. It also assuaged the consciences of those running news organizations, who often crumple up and discard, years later, those they send to war. Dr. Feinstein has provided us with research that is a chilling reminder that war journalists are human, as well as a searing indictment of major news conglomerates who have refused to acknowledge or address the suffering of their own.

(Chris Hedges, former New York Times war correspondent and author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning)

About the Author

Anthony Feinstein is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a Guggenheim Fellow.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Any college-level collection strong in journalism must have JOURNALISTS UNDER FIRE: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL HAZARDS OF COVERING WAR. Where many books outline the achievements of such journalists, too few focus on the impact of such coverage. Chapters survey what drives and destroys war reporters, come from a professor of psychiatry, and survey the culture and realities of war reporting, a process that eats up and spits out many a career journalist. Freelancers as well as affiliated journalists are covered.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather J. Forbes on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is essential reading for journalists and camera operators working in hazardous environments. It is well-written and well-researched. A must read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Bundesen on May 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A worthwile study but too bad it was only about journalists in the late80's, and the 90's --there is much information from the 60's and70's not addressed at all--Vietnam and Cambodia for example. I think of this as Ed Bradely and Kate Webb recently passed on and they were part of that era.

Or, to put it another way, a book I wish I had before I went or during the time I was a journalist in Southeast Asia.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mamoun Mobayed on December 15, 2010
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Dear Sir/Madam
I have not yet receive this book although it was expected 15th Oct
Please advice

Regards

Mamoun Mobayed
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More About the Author

Dr. Feinstein received his medical degree in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand. Thereafter he completed his training in Psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England, before training as a neuropsychiatrist at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square in London. His Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. Degree were obtained through the University of London, England. He is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

His neuropsychiatry research focuses on the search for cerebral correlates of behavioral disorders associated with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and hysteria (Conversion Disorders). He is currently Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of the MS Society of Canada.

Dr. Feinstein is also involved in a series of studies of relevance to current issues within our society. The questions being addressed are: How are journalists affected emotionally by their work in zones of conflict and what motivates them to pursue such dangerous occupations?

In 2000-2001 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mental health issues in post-apartheid Namibia. This led to the development of that country's first rating scale for mental illness. Subsequent work in Botswana produced that country's first rating scale for mental illness as well.

Dr. Feinstein is the author of Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report It (Thomas Allen, Toronto 2003), In Conflict (New Namibia Books, 1998), The Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Multiple Sclerosis (Cambridge University Press 1999, with a second edition in 2007), Michael Rabin, America's Virtuoso Violinist (Amadeus Press, 2005, with a second edition in 2011) and Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War (John Hopkins University Press). His most recent book is Battle Scarred (Tafelberg Press, 2011). He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has authored many book chapters.

In 2012, a documentary, "Under Fire" produced by Dr. Feinstein and based on his research of journalists in war zones was shortlisted for an Academy Award. The documentary received a 2012 Peabody Award.

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