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War is Personal Hardcover – September 15, 2010

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About the Author

One of the world’s foremost documentary photographers, EUGENE RICHARDS has received many of photography’s prestigious honors, including the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Olivier Rebbot Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Journalism Award for the coverage of the disadvantaged. He has published fifteen books, including Dorchester Days; Exploding into Life; Americans We; Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue; The Fat Baby; A Procession of Them; and The Blue Room. Richards’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, the New Yorker, People, and Life.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Many Voices Press, Brooklyn, New York; 1 edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292704410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292704411
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,323,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As if The Fat Baby, Dorchester Days, and Cocaine Blue were not enough proof that Eugene Richards is unquestionably America's greatest living documentary photographer, War Is Personal ends the discussion. I can think of no one else whose images are as consistently powerful, confrontational, and revelatory as Richards, and in War Is Personal he has outdone himself - in text as well as in images. This is a book that anyone interested in documentary photography - or humanity - must have. And do not feel to read Boston University Professor Andrew J. Bacevich's brief afterward, in which the decorated former officer who served from Vietnam through the Gulf War concludes:

"In the political realm, blighted with fraudulence and immodesty, I find myself hard-pressed to make the cause that good causes for war even exist. Those who disagree - keen to succor the afflicted or to advance the cost of freedom in some dismal land on the far side of the globe - mostly propose to do so by sending someone else's kids into harm's way. To which I say: send your own kid."

Dr. Bacevich did - and his son was killed in Iraq.Dorchester DaysThe Fat BabyCocaine True, Cocaine BlueExploding into Life
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Looking through this book, page by page, should be a requirement of all Americans who have little to no connection to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thankfully, the advances in medical care have reduced the number of combat deaths. More service members are returning to their loved ones than in wars past. This book shows, however, through graphic emotion how those who return maimed by war--physically or mentally--integrate once again with their communities. I gave it four out of five stars because I'd like to have read a third person storytelling perspective rather than a first person author's perspective. Looking past that one flaw, the book is fantastic. Richards explores emotion through very intimate images, a lesson he takes from Robert Capa and Eugene Smith in reporting with impactful photographs. Buy this book.
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By Hydra on March 28, 2015
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a very important photographer
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