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Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting Paperback – October 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0982590829 ISBN-10: 0982590822

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: de.Mo Design Limited (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982590822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982590829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A hell of a lot more than another journalism textbook... A journey of a lifetime in international reporting and an invitation to a new generation to venture out in the world.
--Charles M. Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost (added by author)

With global ecologies, economies, and geopolitics tipping deeper into dark, uncharted territory, we desperately need global news coverage more than ever. A new generation of reporters aren't waiting for the media to figure out how to pay them: Braving multiple uncertainties, they're heroically trying to plug widening gaps in our understanding, lest the world we know tips into one and vanishes.

With this invaluable, succinct, and compulsively readable primer, legendary foreign correspondent Mort Rosenblum hauls young journalists up some of the steepest slopes of their learning curve. They and their readers ought to be enormously grateful for what he's done. --Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us

Are 'Foreign Correspondents' an endangered species? Not for Mort Rosenblum, who writes an informative and witty book for young professionals and those interested in the wider world. He broadens ''Old Media's'' pool and offers important guidance to anyone who wants to plunge into international reporting. --Deborah Amos, National Public Radio

About the Author

Mort Rosenblum is a Paris-based reporter, author, and journalism professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Since 1965, he has covered stories on seven continents, from the Vietnam War to tango dancing by the Seine. He was editor of the International Herald Tribune, special correspondent for the Associated Press, and founding editor of Dispatches quarterly. His 13 books include Coup and Earthquakes and Who Stole the News? He also grows olives in Provence.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aquarius on November 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
This sharp, readable book is not only a great instruction manual for aspiring journalists, particularly foreign correspondents. Even more important, it shows the general reader just how dangerously inadequate and distorted much of current media reporting has become, at a time when globalization makes a clear grasp of world events more vital than ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil Cousineau on December 6, 2010
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The legendary reporter, author, journalism professor, and all-around bon vivant, Mort Rosenblum, has just created the first indispensable book to help us understand the ins and outs, ups and downs, truths and falsehoods of modern journalism. I love this book, "Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting," because it is not only the single most illuminating book I've read about the transmogrification of today's octopus-armed media, but it's also chock-full of tips for aspiring young journalists, and a treasure trove of tips for readers and listeners. As time goes by, we're going to need more and more clarity to see through all the mud-slinging that passes for stories today. To get there will take some courage, but I feel stronger already having read it and I think other readers will too. Reading it, I kept thinking of H. G. Wells' famous line, "History is a race between education and catastrophe." With "Little Bunch of Madmen," we have a far better chance to stay in the race.
-- Phil Cousineau, San Francisco
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Not only is a Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting a great read, it could be considered a textbook for the basics of international journalism. Mort Rosenblum uses his considerable writing skills to the utmost to convey what it means to go out into the world and relate firsthand experience with the individuals and events which daily affect millions of lives. He drives home the crucial point that it is not the pundits sitting back and observing from afar who should be trusted to reflect the realities behind current affairs. Instead, it is those rare individuals -- the madmen of the title -- who plunge into the fray, often at great personal risk, to reveal the underlying, objective truths that help us to understand what is really going on. Sadly, the trend in media communications in recent years has veered drastically away from the practices prescribed by Rosenblum. It's not too late to heed his experience and his advice.
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Mort Rosenblum is a Paris-based reporter, author, and journalism professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Since 1965, he has covered stories on seven continents, from the Vietnam War to tango dancing by the Seine. He was editor of the International Herald Tribune, special correspondent for The Associated Press, and founding editor of Dispatches quarterly. His 13 books include Coups and Earthquakes and Who Stole the News? He also grows olives in Provence.