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‘Here it all is, a vast Marie Colvin box set, poignant beyond words’ Guardian

Tributes to Marie Colvin:

John Witherow, Sunday Times editor: ‘She was somebody who was fun, full of life with joie de vivre and friends all over the world. During her time she saved many lives by highlighting the plight of victims of violence. Everywhere she had gone she tried to help people because she believed she was a witness to the violence that was going on and that she could make a difference’

Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch: ‘For Marie, covering war wasn't about doing a few quick interviews and writing up a quick story: she experienced war alongside those who suffered in war, and her writings had a particular vividness because of what she had dared to see and experience’

Lyse Doucet, BBC: ‘The world will miss her because she was the eyes and ears of so many. Marie always admired the pioneering journalism of fellow American Martha Gelhorn. I always saw her as the Martha of our generation: brave and beautiful’

Max Hastings, author of All Hell Let Loose: ‘All her life, all over the world, she was drawn to record the experiences of civilian victims, who found themselves living and dying in a universe from which compassion and justice had been banished…Colvin was killed doing her best thing, in full knowledge of its perils…This collection of words is her most appropriate memorial because it so vividly explains why her peers admired her so much’

About the Author

Born in America, Marie Colvin (1956 – February 22, 2012) was an award-winning foreign affairs correspondent for the Sunday Times. An outstanding journalist of her generation, she covered the Middle East for more than 20 years and reported from East Timor, Chechnya, Kosovo and Sri Lanka where she was wounded in an ambush and lost her left eye. She was killed while covering the Siege of Homs in Syria on the 22nd of February 2012.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007487967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007487967
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a brilliant news reporter... literally could not put this book down. I always looked forward to her televised news reports...you would never know except by reading this collection what danger she put herself in. It is so terribly sad she lost her life trying to tell the people of Syria's story..
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I have to say that this is, in many ways, quite an extraordinary book. In some ways, it is the tale of an extraordinary woman as well

At one level, the book is quite tiring, and the reason I say this is because it represents the tale of humanity at its best and at its worst.

When you sit in front of your television screen and listen to politicians and TV anchors debate, you are shielded from the true horrors of war.

This is what Marie Colvin brings to us, in a way. She is noncommittal in her writing style, no hysteria anywhere. She retains her essential humanity right through her career.

An essential read for anyone who wants to read about humanity at its best, and worst.
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This collection is exceptional mostly because the writing and the subjects are compelling and need telling again and again.
This is not an easy read--she really makes you feel strong emotions..at least she did for me. I read a few articles at a time and then put the book down for another time.
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An insightful, troubling, challenging and sharp-edged collection of reports and opinions from a woman who was there, literally, on the front lines. Her writing is excellent and her perspective, while personal, remains constant in its fact based reporting. Compelling reporting.
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I got this book after the death of Ma. Colvin and my only regret is that I did not follow her journalism career during her lifetime. She is a fantastic writer and it almost seems like you are there with her. A must read for people interested in not only journalism but foreign affairs
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